Which Lansing Schools Could Close?

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

While the draft Newsten got Wednesday is not final -- a Lansing Schools Right Sizing Committee member said the recommendations are "very close" to completion.

The document includes 11 facilities recommendations in all such as...

-Turning one of the three high schools into a "9th Grade Academy."

-The other two high schools would close, and the district would build one larger high school for all students in grades 10-12.

-It also recommends closing Moores Park and one other elementary school by the end of this year. Then closing two more by 2013.

-They'd be replaced by four brand new elementary schools -- one in each quadrant of the city.

Parents we talked had mixed reviews of the plan.

"I think it would be good because Eastern's been here ever since I've been here and also my aunt, so ya, I think it would be good," Eastern parent Elizabeth Gottschalk said.

"I think the Lansing schools do need a new high school, but I don't know if they should combine them all into one high school considering how many students would be in one place," Another Eastern High School parent, Julie Delgado, said.

The 25-page document also includes plans for the district to improve student achievement, discipline and accountability.

The committee is set to meet Friday, then its recommendations will be sent to the superintendent followed by a presentation to the School Board Thursday March 5th.

The public is welcome to attend the school board presentation on March 5th. Other public hearings will be scheduled in the following weeks as well. The board will hold a special hearing March 26th where they're expected to make a final decision.

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