Possible Superintendent Departure 'Surprise' to Board

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Less than two years into his four year contract, Lansing Schools Superintendent T.C. Wallace could be leaving for another job.

"We were told last week there was a potential 'employment opportunity' but it seemed as time went on the story kept going on, we were hearing more and more about it," Lansing School Board President Hugh Clarke said.

"It certainly caught us by surprise," he said. "It was certainly nothing we were expecting to hear."

Clarke said if Wallace is offered and takes the job, the board will have to appoint an interim superintendent and start the search for a new one all over again.

"We will have a rapid response to whatever happens and we will move forward," he said.

But parents worry Wallace's potential departure could derail some programs aimed at improving the district and test scores.

"If he leaves, what's going to happen?" Candace Johnson, who has two children at Everett High School, said.

"That's not a very long time to be here and to leave already?" Another Lansing parent Julie Herrmann said. "I don't know if it means they think there's not much that can be done for our district or what's going on."

Clarke says there's no need for concern.

"Parents need to understand one thing: This board is not going to let anything get in the way of educating children and providing services," Clarke said. "We are going to move forward."

Mid-Michigan accounts for half of the Pontiac final four. Eaton Rapids superintendent William Defrance is also in the running. He's been at his current district for the last five years.

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