Anger Over Wallace Contract

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Myra Ford worked in the Lansing School District for years before retiring, and in that time she's seen a lot, but never she tells us has she been so disappointed in the district's leadership.

"I think that he can't have a good feel for how this community feels, what its beliefs are, what its concerns are, what its problems are...unless he is actually a part of the community," Ford explains.

And she says she doesn't think he wants to be. A bitter taste still lies in Ford's mouth after Superintendent T.C. Wallace interviewed to be the Pontiac Superintendent back in February. And, she says his excuse of having a family health issue, isn't enough for her.

"I find it somewhat amazing that you would know something like that and you would still interview for a job. That would be miles away from home," Ford says.

And she thinks several others feel the same way.

But Lansing School Board President, Hugh Clarke-- says Wallace lives here.

"He's here sometimes 5,6,7 days a week," Clarke says.

And that... that interview is in the rear view mirror-- instead of focusing on that he says we should look at the positive.

"We have a lot of aggressive programs that have been implemented and I believe that those are going to bare fruit and you have to have someone who will come in and make those changes," Clarke explains.

As for Ford...

"The hope is that we can at least try to delay action," Ford tells us.

Because in January, the board will have two new members, but that's an idea Clarke says will only hurt the kids.

"Why don't we just not have board meetings, not do anything, why should we hold up the operation of the school district?" Clarke asks.

News 10 has also learned that under the new contract, Wallace would not be allowed to look for a new job until the last year of his contract-- that would be in 2013.

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  • by jean Location: lansing on Aug 8, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Wallace and his people have no clue what's really going on in the schools. He shouldn't have his contract renewed and he should take those folks he brought with him and go someplace else. The school board needs to be cleaned out, too! The middle schools and high schools have more problems than they can handle - kids with attitude, kids who are disrespectful to all adults, no dress codes, kids who don't want to be there and disrupt learning for the ones who do. They have done away with programs that really helped some of the students.Money spent (500,000) to develop even more tests. Teachers can't teach. Why houses aren't selling in Lansing? Look at the sorry state of the schools!
  • by Bill Location: Delta Twp. on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    All you have to do is look who is running the school board and all your questions will be answered. If I lived in your district I would be right there with you to "Wipe the slate clean" and start over. Parents have no say anymore in how their schools are being ran. Good Luck !!!
  • by Chris Location: Lansing on Aug 7, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    As a past City PTSA President, I found it difficult to work with Dr. Banks at times because she would listen to parents and then go and do her own thing anyway. When Dr. Wallace came to Lansing, we knew that Lansing was already having a tough time with declining enrollment and we needed a strong leader at the helm. However, this is not what has happened. I have never been more disgusted with the Lansing School District! This leadership does not work! I have written Dr. Wallace’s office on three different occasions regarding my children’s education and never received a response. To move to a new city and become a community member, then you may have a sense of what the community needs for its schools. Wallace does not want to be a part of the Lansing community and he certainly did not want this job back in February. Now the Board votes to keep him until 2013?
  • by Max Location: Lansing on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    The board is under the impression that only a few parents are unhappy with TC Wallace. The only thing this board may understand is a "Recall". They do not care about their constituency and refuse to listen.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    I'm afraid there's no vision, from this Lansing school board nor the current superintendent. This does not bode well for the students in our district. Dan Voss, a former President of the Lansing School Board said when Dr. Wallace interviewed he agreed he would move to Lansing with his family and have his child attend Lansing schools. This has NOT happened....he's certainly gone back on his word in that instance, who knows how many other things as well? His Associate Superintendent of Quality Assurance was let go due to Plagiarism! How many positions has he created for his friends/associates? We should not stand by and be his cash cow. We need LEADERSHIP in the Lansing School District!
  • by Angel Location: Lansing on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    I don't think that Wallace should get an extention on his contract. Furthermore if Hugh Clark is so concerned about the students and their well being why doesn't he extend or agree to a new teacher contract??!!!
  • by Karin Location: Here on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    AMEN MISSY!!!! I have been a long supporter of LSD, I have 2 children who go here, Post Oak and Pattengill..however, I will be SERIOUSLY considering East Lansing or Haslett next year!
  • by Missy Location: Lansing on Aug 6, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    No they should not extend Wallace's contract! NO NO NO NO & NO and he should take Hugh Clark with him when he leaves. Neither one has a clue on what is going on in the schools. They talk the good talk, but do not make adequate yearly progress when it comes to the students. The students and teachers don’t even have the books they need to teach the classes, but yet Wallace gets his bonus. Maybe he should work for AIG he has the right mind set for that, take what you don’t deserve when the company can’t afford it.
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