Lansing School District sets date for students to return, narrows superintendent choices down to 6

Lansing moves ahead with super search
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 4:15 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Thursday the Lansing School District board made major decisions that will affect the near future for it’s students. A date was set for students to return to school, and the list of potential candidates for the superintendent job was narrowed significantly.

Lansing students to return to schools starting March 22, as hybrid mix of online and in-school models was adopted.

“This is a good, thoughtful, prudent step forward to returning our Lansing students to in-school classroom instruction,” said Gabrielle Lawrence, president of the Lansing School District Board of Education.

For the superintendent job there were 26 applicants, and the school board whittled that down to six at the meeting. They will now be interviewed individually before a final selection is made.

We told you in December the board was resuming its search after a long pause due to COVID-19. Sam Sinicropi has been doing the job on a temporary basis since last June.

The district has been looking for a superintendent since Yvonne Caamal Canul announced her retirement in July of 2019. Deputy super Mark Coscarella was the front-runner for the job until a News 10 investigation found evidence that he sexually harassed a student teacher in 2002.

He was teaching in Holt at the time.

Coscarella was also accused of allowing minors to watch pornography on a baseball trip when he was the team’s coach.

The Lansing School Board and administration initially stood by Coscarella. That changed after an outside investigation determined the woman’s accusations were likely true.

The board voted not to renew his contract, and Coscarella resigned in April of 2020.

Sam Sinicropi took over as interim suprintendent on Jan. 1 of 2020, when Caamal Canul’s retirement became effective.

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