Wallace Likes Right-Sizing Plan

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

New information on the Lansing School District's right-sizing plan.

The findings of a task force seem to be right in line with what the superintendent has in mind. The end report was pretty blunt-- for the last three decades, Lansing students have changed, but the district has not changed with them.

Subsequently, it's lost half its enrollment in 25 years and the current students are underperforming in buildings that are substandard.

The recommendations include eliminating all three high schools in favor of one new one. One of the old high schools would be turned into a ninth grade campus. Basically, the patchwork is over-- it's time to move into the 21st century.

Four elementary schools would be closed periodically over the next five years as the district builds four bigger elementaries in the four corners of the city. After those are ready to go, the district would close another 10-12 elementary schools.

When it comes to student achievement, the task force found high levels of student and teacher absenteeism. So, there should be more rigid accountability for teachers and administrators. It would also reach out to the other intermediate school districts and LCC for more effective programs to attract students.

The superintendent-- who was not part of this task force-- likes what he sees.

"I have looked at the drafts and documentation on the web," said T.C. Wallace. "This fits very nicely into the vision I have for this district, the one I've put forth during my tenure here."

In saying the district hasn't changed with its students, it means there has been a shift from a majority of white students to a majority of minority students. This report finds that the district must become more multicultural to meet its students needs. It's believed these recommendations could make Lansing one of the top districts in the state.

The public is welcome to attend the school board presentation on March 5. Other public hearings will be scheduled in the following weeks. The board will make a final decision March 26.

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  • by Charles on Feb 28, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    It sounds like Lansing is turning into the next Detroit. No wonder people are leaving. Who made up the task force, the construction industry. The Superintendant did't know the results of the report until he read it on the web, sounds like he has been as absent as the teachers and students. The same old dog and pony show. The new image of Lansing, the welfare Capital. They won't ask for millage votes they will just get Washington to approve more stimulus. One "NATION UNDER GOVERNMENT" so much for FREEDOM.
  • by Dawn Location: Lansing on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    This plan is all great and good for the perpose of bringing the material stucture of the schools up to code, as well as the a new modern physical appearance. Yet, it says nothing to the methods that will insure and create a structured system, to gain and control the proper behavior of the students that use these new facilities. If the students do not have consequences for their negitive (distructive) behavior and held responsible, the schools buildings will not stand the test and and the Lansing School District will forever be catagorized as, "a school full of dilinquent". Teaching staff can only do so much when their hands are tied, with respect to discipline and little support from passive "well meaning" administrators, who do not want to 'make waves', in order to insure their school and thier repo is not blemished.
  • by Mark Location: Lansing on Feb 27, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    This is ridiculous. Where does the district think that it is going to get enough money to build FIVE new schools? And besides, people aren't going to come to Lansing just to have a "good looking school". The district doesn't spend the money to maintain the schools they've got, so why should it pay millions for five new schools?
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