Lansing Superintendent Recommends School Closings

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Two Lansing schools are that much closer to shutting the doors for good.

Wednesday Superintendent T.C. Wallace announced he will recommend the closing of Moores Park and Grand River Elementary schools at the end of this school year.

"I think it's a really nasty thing for them to do," Grand River Elementary parent Tammy Denny said.

While parents at Grand River said they've known for weeks this was a possibility, that doesn't make the news any easier to take.

"I'm sad because I grew up here," Parent Anitria McNamara said. "This was my school when I was in elementary school."

"Everything's been well education wise," Parent Jennifer Wilson said.

"I don't know if that's the neighborhood that they chose, I just don't understand we had the least amount of repairs on the list," Denny said. "If you want to save money, don't close this school."

School Board President Hugh Clarke said it was always the plan to close two buildings at the end of this school year. He said the Repositioning plan for the district is a completely different idea.

But closing schools is one of the main points of the Repositioning Plan. In fact, the task force's first recommendation was to close Moores Park and one other school this year.

The superintendent declined to comment Wednesday.

Now some parents worry the district could be trading one problem for another.

"You shut this school down, it's going to be another eye sore," Joe Goggin said. "It will turn into a place for drug dealers, you've seen it with other schools."

And at least some families aren't planning on sticking around to find out what happens.

"We will spend the rest of the school year interviewing schools," Denny said. "Then if we don't find what we want, we'll leave the district. More than likely we'll leave the district."

The Lansing Board of Education has the final say. They must vote on the Superintendent's recommendations to close schools.

T.C. Wallace will present his recommendations to close the two elementary schools as well as his final recommendations for Repositioning the district at Thursday's school board meeting.

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  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    "The Moores Park program is one of the things in Lansing that is working to build a future. Shutting it down is shortsighted! Are they not listening!!!" Most schools have something going for them. If these schools aren't shut down, then others will be. Getting hysterically emotional, like the woman on the TV news the other night, only annoys those who must think logically to solve problems.
  • by Concerned Location: Parent on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    I agree that changes must be made. Just don't do away with the things that are working. Move the program to another school. Save the Moores Park program.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    school closings are never easy. It all comes down to money or lack of.
  • by Concerned Location: Parent on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    The Moores Park program is one of the things in Lansing that is working to build a future. Shutting it down is shortsighted! Are they not listening!!!
  • by Phyllis Location: Lanisng on Apr 16, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    I understand it is frustrating that the district is closing schools. If you look around at other districts, they too have to close schools. Okemos may have to close 2 schools, Owosso is closing one school. Part of the reason is because so many students are leaving the districts because of unhappyness with the schools or because there are no jobs in the area. I had enrolled my daughter in Grand River for kindergarten next year but just because they are closing the building, I am not going to leave the district. I don't want them to close more schools because they are not getting the money from my daughter's or other people who choose to leave.
  • by Matt Location: Lansing on Apr 16, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    TC Wallace “declined to comment” about this? What does this say about the ‘leadership’ of the Lansing School District? Oh wait, I know the answer to that: TC Wallace and Hugh Clarke don’t give a rip about the students in our schools. All they want is to inflate their own ego. Too bad Pontiac didn’t want TC…
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