Lansing School District to merge 4 elementary schools into 2

Lansing School District discuss further details on Friday.
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 8:23 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2022 at 6:35 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Starting the 2023-24 school year, students at Reo Elementary School and Kendon Elementary School will be transitioning to different schools.

The Lansing School District confirmed the merger of four schools Thursday night.

Reo Elementary students will be transitioned into Attwood and Kendon students will transition into North Elementary School.

Kendon will become a hub for early childhood learning.

“By merging schools, we will be able to provide more services to each student. With larger student bodies, schools can get full-time, rather than itinerant, specials teachers, like art or physical education,” said superintendent Benjamin Shuldiner. “Increased staff and support will also come through economies of scale. These mergers will truly move our district and our students toward success.”

Additionally, Willow Elementary School students will join Riddle Elementary School while plans and construction start for a new Willow school.

A press conference was held Friday morning by the Lansing School District to discuss further details.

During the press conference, the Lansing School District said that they want to develop K-8 to help cut back on parents dropping their kids off at different locations. They will get more teachers to provide more classes - including art - because they have been unable to hire these types of instructors full-time while only having 100-200 students.

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