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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  • by Alex Location: Lansing on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    Good riddens to bad trash. This man has done nothing to earn a dime of pay. Neither did his Predecessor and she was worse. Who is picking these idiots? Perhaps that person needs replacing and they all need to have their pay cut by 2/3, then use that MONEY to get social workers (my child is special ed and where are the social workers especially at Everette, fix the buildings and buy supplies.
  • by ER Resident Location: Lansing on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    They can have DeFrance too? Eaton Rapids schools are so bad that I take my children to Lansing Public! Isn't it grand that a superintendent with a CONTRACT can just up and leave after stirring everything up and making a ton of changes. Leaving just before everything fails and it lands back in their laps. I think Lansing Schools are going in the right direction and Mr. Wallace came into that and now it seems will be leaving that. I just hope he doesn't take a bunch of credit for two years of work that the school administrators deserve. Hopefully the board will hire someone to replace him that has a little more invested in our community and a little less invested in thier own wallets.
  • by Mark Location: Lansing on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    Aww, boo hoo, we'll be so sad if TC Wallace leaves. *facepalm* Good riddance Wallace! We hope you get that job so we don't have to put up with your crap anymore.
  • by Me Location: Here on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    Bye T.C. you WONT be missed! You are a loser who cant take the heat, if Pontiac is smart they will pass you by, your history is very shady, and hopefully you will take your loser friends with you that you brought from your last district.
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