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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  • by ashley Location: lansing eastern/ hill CTE on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    I dont think making one big high school is the solution. Having all the kids in one place will affect how others learn. Such as having to many students in one class. Also the CTE classes offered at hill are wonderfull. They get you job ready which are needed out in the real world. So why close something that the students are engaging in.
  • by tom Location: lansing on Mar 1, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Just like jenn wanted new state police building when the other one was fine.Remodel mich,make it pretty.That vhasn't brought jobs in,or fixed the problem of jobs leaving.What is behind fancy this and that.ONE BIG PRICE TAG.A waste of money,higher taxes,and who knows where taxes are comming from to support fancy.Wake up people.Many who have always had money,like spending money,have NO clue how to really handel money.Big ideas with costs to everyone but the persons who blew money.My kids are in school to learn.I rather see all this money be spent on good teachers.Not some out to make money construction company.
  • by tom Location: lansing on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    Anything to spend tax payers money then turn around and say we are broke.We need bailed out,we need more tax money,and blame it on everything but the fact someone can't handel money and like to spend their way,not the right way.Kids are in school to learn.Who said the building had to be fancy.Fix what needs fixed this summer and get rid of big ideas that cost tax payers big money.The larger the amount of people in one place is just a big trouble.Some big construction company just wants to make money.Some in charge will believe any thing or try to make a name for them self.Lets get real,wait till mich is on it's feet again and people have jobs.Kids are not going to learn any more if they go to a fancy looking school.We can see why mich and many counties become broke.The way everythings going,schools won't be needed as more leave mich as well as jobs.Where is the TAX money going to come from in the future to support these new schools????WOOPS!
  • by Jon Location: Lansing on Feb 26, 2009 at 05:22 PM
    Whoops Kyle and Mark, that's 5 new schools. But still, I see your point, this is crazy.
  • by Kyle Location: Lansing on Feb 26, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    These are "good suggestions"? Yeah, and I'm the Queen of England. Seriously, why do they think we need to build six new schools? I know that most Lansing schools are older but this is ridiculous. If the schools would have spent the money to maintain the schools in the first place this wouldn't be necessary. And from one Lansing School District student to our city, GET RID OF T.C. WALLACE! He has done nothing for my fellow students and is driving this district into the ground. For our sake, please, let TC move to Pontiac and get us someone from our own district who's actually qualified!
  • by Mark Location: Lansing on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    Who the hell decided this? A "9th Grade Academy" is ridiculous--why make kids change schools once, and then change again the next year? Then building two new high schools and four new elementary schools? I get that some of the buildings are old, but this is ridiculous. I LOVE how WILX doesn't tell us who thought this up...
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