Lansing Schools in Crisis

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

After months of inspecting buildings, finances and student achievement, the Right Sizing Task Force has come back with this statement: The Lansing School District is in crisis.

"It's a crisis because the buildings are outdated," David Hollister, co-chair of the task force said. "So, you've got antiquated facilities, you've got a drop in population and you've got budget cuts at the same."

Three co-chairs of the task force presented their preliminary findings Wednesday at Pattengill Middle School. Now, it's up to the them to figure out how to more forward inside the classroom and out.

"We're suggesting there be more accountability and alignment of the curriculum to get those test scores up," Hollister said.

Which could mean closing one or more schools and consolidating.

"It's likely the recommendation will include some kind of closure," Ruben Martinez said. "But also, we are looking in terms of the future because the district has a number of facilities that are aging."

But Ruben Martinez, co-chair of the facilities sub committee said, he's not sure which ones yet.

"We have six criteria that we're using like building condition, educational value and so on," Martinez said, " and each one is weighted and each one has a series of measures."

What's for sure said Superintendent TC Wallace, something has got to change in this district.

"It may not be very popular, but we have a duty and a responsibility to look at [the recommendations] very carefully and if they're good for community and district then we must make the right decisions," Wallace said.

The Task Force is expected to have their final recommendation to the School Board by February.


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