Why Should Parents Stick With the Lansing School District?

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

The Lansing School Board has done the math -- the budget is set.

But in these tough times, have there been too many subtractions for parents?

"Right now in this budget they're looking at cutting too many programs," Parent Debra Dawsey said "What will our kids have?"

Plenty argue school officials.

"We still have reduced class sizes, we still have programs other districts don't offer," School Board President Hugh Clarke said.

They say the cuts that balanced next year's budget won't hit the classroom. In fact, they say, designating the schools as Title I will only add to instruction.

"The infusion of additional dollars, will allow us to provide greater support to our secondary schools," Superintendent TC Wallace said.

Plus, Wallace said, each building now has a plan to increase student achievement -- no excuses -- another part of the Repositioning Plan.

"It certainly has the opportunity to bring in more dollars in from other sources to help out in the buildings," Clarke said.

At least a few parents, like Debra Dawsey said the district needs to get it's priorities in order to keep families like hers in the district.

"The only thing we ever hear about are the Magnet schools," she said. "We don't have a very good idea of what that encompasses. We as parents don't hear about what's going on in our traditional schools."

That will all change Wallace said, communication will be key.

"We will capitalize on the positive which means we will continue to share success stories within the district," Wallace said. "That will be the hook necessary to maintain or perhaps increase student enrollment."

The "Title I" designation allows the schools to get more federal funding.
However, it requires a bigger financial commitment from the district down the road.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    students in lansing schools have a huge disadvantage when it comes to the k-12 experience. Most kids grow up with homecomings and sports on a friday night. Lansing kids have to purchase bullet proof vests and ccw permits in the fall on the "lansing" back to school specials instead of new clothes.
  • by Melanie Location: Dewitt on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:34 PM
    They always say communication is the key. TC Wallace said that before he even really got a good foot in the door. Still they are saying communication. Yes they have magnet schools which teach to science degrees or math degrees. What about the average kid? With the violence in the High Schools and the uncertainty of student numbers, they can't promise anything that will stick. Lansing schools are a dangerous place for the average student.
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