East Lansing School District Considers Restructuring

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

It's about that time said the East Lansing Schools Superintendent to have a conversation about school buildings.

"Are they too old, do they need to be renovated, should we reconfigure, should we re purpose buildings?" David Chapin said.

Those questions, Chapin said, have been lingering for some time, dwindling state funding and a need to cut costs have only expedited the process.

"Other districts have certainly had this conversation in the past," he said. "It's our turn to have the conversation, to look at elementary schools in particular."

There are four K-4 buildings in the district - two for 5th and 6th graders, and one for 7th and 8th. Chapin said at this point everything is on the table from remodeling, to closing, to simply changing the grade levels of who goes where.

"There would be a way to group kids so there are fewer transitions for students," he said.

The district already hired an architecture firm to consult and set up three community meetings to get input this fall.

You can't please everyone all the time, and some decisions might anger some, but at least those News Ten talked to were happy to be in on the conversation.

"It seems like they're trying to make the process transparent," Parent Lauren Douglass said.

"It's really important to have open forums and have a transparent process," Parent Anne Grevstad, "but I'm concerned about the money shortage and about the size of classrooms."

"Class size is a concern, aging buildings is also concern," Douglass said.

Chapin said he welcomes any and all concerns from parents as this process continues.

"We're hoping to find a spot in middle for common agreement," Chapin said.

The district will also be setting up a community committee to consult with the district consisting of about 20-to-25 members.

The first community forum will be held this Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at East Lansing High School. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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