Lansing School Board Questions Superintendent

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Will he stay or will he go?

That's just one of many questions the Lansing School Board had for Superintendent T.C. Wallace Tuesday.

"The obvious question we want to know," Lansing School Board President Hugh Clark said, "is... are you a candidate?"

Clarke said a special meeting was called with the sole purpose of getting answers about Wallace's potential departure to the Pontiac School District, from the source himself.

"This was an opportunity for us to have a discussion with Dr. Wallace about things that have been out in the media, to hear it from him face to face," Clarke said.

But this face to face was held behind closed doors, and afterward Wallace wouldn't say what was said, except to reiterate why he's even looking anywhere else.

"It's family and it's health related," Wallace said. "It has nothing to do with the Lansing School District."

There are still two years left on Wallace's contract, and some on the board question how the whole process was handled.

"It's certainly not the way we've preferred it to happen," Clarke said, "but it did and it is what it is."

But Wallace said the board knew all he knew every step of the way.

"The invitation and any response from Pontiac was communicated within 18 hours," Wallace said.

Plus he said, no decision has been made and all future programs set for the Lansing School District are still a go.

"I don't think we've missed a beat," he said, "leadership continues to be provided."

Wallace said the process began when he was nominated anonymously for the Pontiac position -- and was contacted by a consulting firm.
He expects to hear from the Pontiac School District sometime in March.


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