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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