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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  • by Roger Location: Lansing on May 1, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    What an incredible waste of time. They put out this smoke screen about new schools and then they sneak a radical change in the Career Tech programs (They're gone folks!) without giving any opportunity for input and give the parents one weekend to adjust to the change. Anybody who thinks this administrative team have answers is dreaming. Everything they seem to do is tainted with incompetence and thousands of dollars spent on PR that seems primarily focused on protecting the Administration. It is time to change leadership or things will just get worse.
  • by Debbie Location: Lansing on Apr 30, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    How come no one is talking about the closing of the Hill Career Center - All Career and Technical Education class are being stopped. Yes they said they are moving these classes but in all reality they are moving only four. Three out of the four are being cut to 1/2 (half) time and the EMS is the only class being left as a full time position. What is going to happen to all these students. Not everyone goes to college and these classes open a lot of eyes to what they want to do in the future. Leading some student to go to trade schools and into apprenticeships. Yes these are different kinds of college that students/parent do not see as a college. We need to keep these hands on skills taught so our children can learn the basic skills everyone needs to know. The Lansing Schools have alot of students that do not think they can make it in college but through programs like these they find out they can have a better life after high school.
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