Lansing Changes Last Day of School

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

If Lansing School District students haven't been cramming for their final exams, they might have to start.

"We were supposed to take two the next day and one on Friday," 10th grader Breanna Trotter said. "Now we have to take all three and some people have to take four exams all in one day."

"There are a lot of kids complaining because there are four finals they have to take," Junior Johnny Buck said. "It's too much."

Wednesday afternoon, the district informed students that Thursday would be the last day of school, not Friday like everyone planned.

"Flexibility would have been lost if we didn't negotiate a change in calender," Jim Davis, the assistant superintendent of schools, said.

Davis said a new state law passed this year states that school districts must have at least 168 instructional days per year. If districts go over it that number, then that's the number of days they must schedule for the next two years.

Lansing planned for 174 instruction days this year, but thought 173 gave them more flexibility.

"That may not sound like much, but it helps in case unforeseen circumstances arise," Davis said.

Getting out one day earlier isn't the problem, it's the short notice say parents and students, that's causing confusion.

"It's last minute," Sexton parent Lori Carter said. "A lot of parents are going to have to scram for day care and activities. It's not fair to parents."

Davis says the shortened school year is the result of a last minute mutal agreement between the district and its teachers union. He says an agreement wasn't reached until late Tuesday.

But that's little consolation to some parents and students who now have to conform to the new schedule.

"That's a lot of studying we have to do," Trotter said.

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