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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