Lansing Students Return to Restructured Schools

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

Students giddy to start a new grade were as excited to see eachother as new Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul was to see them.

"You get to reconnect relationships with teachers, and student(s)," she said.

It's been a long summer of restructuring the Lansing schools, involving reassigning more than 200 teachers to new jobs, and consolidating several schools into single buildings.

Welcoming all the students back is just step one to making sure everyone is adjusting alright.

"The first day sets the tone for the school year, so I wanna make sure our schools, and these kids get off on the right foot," said Mayor Virg Bernero. He visited several schools Tuesday morning to greet returning students.

Getting used to unfamiliar buildings and going to school with grades much older or younger is an important step for the kids and the entire city, in the eyes of the Mayor.

"We wanna partner with our superintendent, with the school system, and let them know we're here to support them in any and every way," he continued.

He couldn't be happier with the district being in the hands of Caamal Canul: "No question about where her heart is, which is the children."

So far day one is done, and successful. Now Caamal Canul can't wait to see if the restructuring improves MEAP scores later this fall.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing on Sep 4, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    Can she redo the transportation department? It is ridiculous that no one knew their bus routes or times until today. I have been calling last week trying to get that information and they could not even tell me however, i finally found out her route and times this afternoon from the supertendent office today. I should not have to call them if transporation will do the routes way before school starts. They already knew who was going back to a particular school and who was transferring to different schools because of reconstructuring the district that was in the district last year in June. So do their routes and anyone else that was added afterwards should be added to the route with liitle impact on times.
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