Lansing School District: Students Have Options

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

After tough decisions made by the Lansing School Board, district officials stress that students at Moores Park and Grand River Elementary have options.

"They can go to any school in the district," said Lansing School Board President Hugh Clarke.

Students will have first priority at schools of choice, they can also apply to magnet schools, but the district is recommending students at Grand River either go to Bingham Elementary or Gier Park Elementary, and students at Moores Park go to either Elmhurst, Lewton, Cavanaugh or Mt. Hope Elementary.

"We looked at the schools within a couple of miles," said Superintendent T.C. Wallace, Jr.

While special programs at the schools may not be maintained.

"The literacy program at Moores Park will not continue," Clarke said.

District officials say the over all curriculum will stay the same.

"What those youngsters will get is the integration into existing programs where we have made a commitment to provide the same level of support services," Wallace said.

School Board officials say the students leaving Moores Park and Grand River Elementary will be headed to schools with better performance.

"Those students going to Elmhurst are going into a building where test scores were substantially higher, some by 20 percent," Clarke said.

"We're trying to ensure that the students have equal or better opportunities to continue on the path for improved student achievement," Wallace said.


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  • by CAROL Location: LANSING on Apr 22, 2009 at 04:22 AM
    I THINK THAT DR WALLACE AND HUGH CLARK OWE EVERY TEACHER AT BOTH MOORSE PARK AND GRAND RIVER A BIG APOLOGY. THEY MADE IT SOUND LIKE THE TEACHERS AT BOTH SCHOOLS WERE NOT DOING THEIR JOB. I FIND THIS HIGHLY UNPROFFESSIONAL AND INSULTING. NEITHER DR WALLACE OR MR CLARK HAVE VISITED GRAND RIVER, LOOKED AT WHERE THE CHILDREN ARE EDUCATIONAL UPON ENTERING SCHOOL AND WHERE THEY ARE UPON COMPLETING THE SCHOOL YEAR, THEY JUST LOOK AT ONE TEST SCORE AND SAY THAT SCHOOL IS NOT DOING IT JOB. MAYBE THEY BOTH NEED TO JOIN THE "REAL" WORLD,GET OUT OF THEIR IVORY TOWERS, AND LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY PARENTS AT GRAND RIVER WHO DO NOT HAVE CARS, DID EITHER OF THEM THINK ABOUT HOW THESE PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO GET TO A SCHOOL TO PICK UP A SICK CHILD, SINCE THEY WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO WALK?
  • by jennifer Location: lansing on Apr 21, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    i think you guys are making a big mistake but that is ok i will be sending my daughter to wexford where my oldest daughter goes and she gets very good attention from there and i feel my youngest will be better off there anyways but she really wanted to go to moores park and now i have to tell her she can't she was very upset.
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