By a 6 to 3 margin Thursday, the Lansing Board of Education voted to extend Superintendent TC Wallace's contract -- two years before it was up.
"I don't believe there was a rush, what rush? When are you going to do it in the last year? This is a way to provide stability for the district for years to come," Board President Hugh Clarke said.
The contract now takes Wallace through 2013.
Many parents and one former board member questioned the School Board Thursday evening as to what the administration had done in the past two years to deserve this extension. Clarke said recent MEAP scores tell the story.
"There are a lot of schools are in the 90th percentile, 80th percentile, some 100th percentile," Clarke said. "That's something I haven't seen before. It seems to me the staff has bought into what this administration is trying to do."
Still there were others who continue to question Wallace's commitment to the district -- especially since he interviewed for another job -- less than two years into his time here.
"What do you say to your naysayers?" Newsten asked Wallace after the meeting. "I say look at the progress we've made," Wallace said. "Look at the results of the test scores and the progress we've made over the last two years."
Clarke said the district is moving in the right direction. Wallace said he's willing to put the work in for the next four years -- which will prove his commitment.
"From the moment I came here, I brought with me a vision that was put into place that these youngsters will find success," Wallace said.
Wallace will not get a raise under the terms of the new contract. He can walk away during the final year -- if he gives at least ninety days written notice.
Clarke said the district can terminate the Superintendent with cause at any point if they so choose.