The Lansing School District has a new road map. After several months of opinion and data gathering and more than a dozen public meetings, the nine-member school board recently adopted a new five-year Strategic Plan. The plan includes goals and a framework to reach those goals. Specifically, it lists five broad priority areas.
Last fall a facilities task force was created to help the Lansing School Board figure out what to do with its aging buildings. In January, the group presented their recommendations to the board, however the fate of many of the districts buildings, including the high schools, remains unknown. The districts modernization plan is supposed to be presented later this month or early in April.
Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are weighing in on a new plan to adapt the district’s buildings and properties to the needs of the new century.
A 14-member Facilities Task Force has been at work since October. Key recommendations in its final report include repurposing a host of district buildings, consideration of a bond proposal to update Pattengill Middle School into a high school, and the sale of more than 100 acres of vacant land.
With rising tuition costs, higher education has grown less affordable and accessible for many. But here in the Lansing area, there are a number of opportunities to help with the costs of obtaining an advanced degree.
Last Thursday, the Lansing School District and the city teachers’ union reached a new five-year contract agreement. The deal cuts 87 full-time equivalent positions in art, music and physical education classes. On Friday we spoke with school board president Guillermo Lopez. He assured us that those particular curricula would continue in Lansing schools, but that the method of providing that instruction is going to be restructured. After Mr. Lopez’s interview aired, Current State’s Kevin Lavery caught up with Patti Seidl, the president of the Lansing Schools Education Association, to hear the union’s perspective on the deal.