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.