LSD New School Plans Off the Table

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

What may have been the most controversial part of the Lansing School District's Repositioning Plan, is no longer a part of that plan.

Superintendent TC Wallace told the school board Thursday, he'd like to remove the idea of closing two high schools and building a new one, as well as closing all elementary schools in lieu of four new ones.

"The new schools all extended far into the future and our feeling was any discussion of school closings gives the community a false sense of reality," T.C. Wallace said.

Wallace said these possible long term plans caused too much confusion in this short term and was detrimental to the district. The school board agreed.

"We had competing districts wanting students, wanting dollars, and basically they were raiding our district by telling kids you're not going to have this high school or your school won't be here, which is untrue," School Board President Hugh Clarke said.

Plus, Clarke said, this tough economy doesn't exactly lend itself to building new buildings.

"I don't think the climate is right," Clarke said. "I don't think in this economy, people would support a bond proposal to build a new high school, in two, three, or five years."

So the schools won't close for now, but Wallace said there's still critical need.

"I do not want to give the illusion that this solves the problem because it doesn't." Wallace said.

Which eventually will have to be addressed. Wallace said any emergency costs for the aging schools -- like, say, a new roof -- would have to come out of the general fun. That's not ideal since that money is supposed to be used for students.

He said the district could revisit the idea of building new schools down the road -- if there's enough community support.


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