As part of a larger consolidation plan, the Lansing School District's administration recommended closing C.W. Otto Middle School and two elementary schools, Bingham and Woodcreek, before the 2011-12 school year.
The moves would save the district a net $1.6 million in facility and utility costs. Lansing teachers union president Jerry Swartz estimated that the district would likely save around $1 million in faculty costs as well.
The Lansing School Board could move quickly on the proposal, possibly voting to close the schools as early as April 21st.
The small amount of savings relative to the $30 million budget deficit Lansing School District is facing concerned some Board members. Superintendent T.C. Wallace acknowledged after the meeting that there was still a lot of work to do to close the remainder of that budget gap.
Although there was speculation that Superintendent T.C. Wallace might also recommend closing a high school at Tuesday's meeting, analysis by district administration concluded that closing Eastern or Sexton High School would not be possible or feasible before next school year.
However, the District also released a longer term consolidation plan that would include closing a high school within the next 1-3 years and an elementary school in 2012-13. They also recommended investigating the possibility of creating a new, larger high school building and construct 4 larger elementary schools that would allow the Lansing School District to cut 8-10 elementary schools.