LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Schools begin a new school year Wednesday evening with their annual Round-Up Rally. The gathering offers students and families the chance to celebrate with music and games as well as take care of important business.
It's the last chance for new students to enroll using the district's mobile enrollment bus which visits individual neighborhoods in Lansing. The district says mobile enrollment may be lower than last year. Spokesman Steve Serkaian says that's because a new enrollment option was opened to families this year.
"For the first time in many years, Lansing schools could host enrollment applications, where in previous years we had one central location at the downtown administration building," he says. "This year we tried to make it doubly more convenient by not only continuing mobile enrollment, but opening up our school buildings to enroll."
The district attributes an expected loss of about 1,000 students this year to the region's struggling economy. Wednesday evening's event runs from 5:30-7:30 at Sexton High School.