Lansing Schools Make Extra Push For Count Day

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

The Lansing School District is hitting the streets, and working the phones.

"We're out here just simply trying to find kids that may have missed school," said Lansing Schools CFO, Venkat Saripalli.

"We're trying to check in with the legal parent or guardian just to say your child needs to be in school," said Isabella Rowan, Registrar at Everett High School.

They're not waiting for students to come to them they're going to students, all in effort to get students in class when it counts.

"Whether it's in the malls, or in parks, whether it's in recreation centers, we plant to visit," said Lansing Schools Superintendent, T.C. Wallace.

This week the district is launching "Your Child Matters," ahead of count day, they've hired 8 extra personnel for this week and next week -- one for every middle school and high school dedicated to drawing students into school.

"We have a list of no shows, which are students that have either not attended school since it began or are just skipping an hour here and there," Rowan said.

It's all about securing state funding.

"If they always skip 4th period after lunch, then they lose money that particular day," Rowan said.

"There's approximately an $8,000 amount that is generated for each student in attendance," Wallace said.

But it's not just about getting the kids to class on count day, once they're there, then the district has to make sure they stay put.

"It's not just a short-term effort, they matter all year long," Wallace said.

75 percent of per pupil funding will be determined by attendance numbers on count day, the remaining 25 percent is determined at a second count day in February.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 at 12:35 AM
    it really is a case of hope and change and they took your hope and took your spare change and deal with it and quit whining you voted for this! I DID NOT!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Why should you show up? First and foremost, so that you can potentially be a contender to someday be in a position to help fix some of the problems with how school's are funded. If you drop out, you are truly giving up on yourself and the future of others. I agree that it is disheartening to have our government basically saying that the kids aren't worth it. You are. Just make sure that you try to do the best you can, share the textbooks if you have to, and get yourself in a position where you can make changes. Don't forget though, it is also important to keep the infrastructure of schools safe and in good repair.
  • by K Location: Jackson on Sep 28, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    Why should we show up to school when evey day we turn on the news all it talks about is more school funding cuts. Finding that our classroom has very few text books and one has to be shared by three people. Then we see things online that schools are spending all the money on upgrades or repairs(JPSK12.ORG) instead of a few more class materials.
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