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"It's a crisis because the buildings are outdated," David Hollister, co-chair of the task force said.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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  • by Parent of Child in Lansing Schools Location: Lansing on Dec 18, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Buildings outdated...why not fix the parking lot at my sons school. If you don't break an axle due to the potholes you have to get there a 1/2 hour before school ends so that you can get a place to safely park to pick up your kid.
  • by William Location: Lansing on Dec 18, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    People who have already put their children through the Lansing public school system should NOT be held responsible for the education of others, they've paid their dues!
  • by Amotoxracer Location: Lansing on Dec 18, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    Be ready. Lansing is going to try to steal your wealth again, and if you dont actually have any wealth left, well your going to owe them.
  • by Charles on Dec 18, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    Where did all the millage money go? It's time they open up their contract talks. They would rather give us the same old song and dance and make us feel guilty that are kids are receiving less than a good education. Look for a new Millage near you. Teachers are noble employees but their benefits are not aligned with the general populous and their 25 years of service contracts are another failure because of legacy costs. How much time and money did they spend to come to the conclusion we all ready knew? I think they all need some TIME MANAGEMENT education or would that be a waste of time?
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