Superintendent Recommends Closing Otto Middle School

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

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.

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  • by sophia Location: lansing mi on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    Dude i would hate for otto to close down we would have to go to sexton or eq or evert
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    if otto closes i will have to go to bath schools and my mom would have to quit her job and lose a lot of money because i dont have a ride to school so what if the school is bad and it needs repairs spend the money to fix the oldes school
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:39 PM
    There is a big secret on how to keep a school off the short list of closure. Parent participation. If parents made an atomsphere where there is a very low adult to student ratio, test scores would go up and students and parents would be more vocal to keep the school open. Complaining at a board meeting is useless if a person does not commit more time to a cause.
  • by andrea jones Location: lansing, mi on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    yal should close down otto middle that is wrong to us what about the teachers they gave to have a job to
  • by Mia Williams on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    please dont close otto middle school down thats our home and closing it is tearing alot of people hearts and family, closing otto effects the teachers the students and the parents, otto is the most fun and the coolest place to be. so you can say otto we are a big family. and i really just hope that otto dont close because otto is were you otto be !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    There goes some jobs.It hurts many but the kids get hurt the worse.Not all can send their kids to high class private schools.Even more of us can't afford any more millages on our property taxes.
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      by Kallista on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:41 PM in reply to
      Imagine being a kid at otto like me.I'm going to write a letter to the school board trying to save my school. It wouldn't really be fair to tear down another middle school and make kids go somewhere farther, otto is the closest middle school i can go to, so wish me luck that something will persuade them not to...
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