lansing school district http://michiganradio.org en Lansing school district privatizing bus service http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-district-privatizing-bus-service <p>Five thousand Lansing school students will be riding buses operated by a private company this fall.</p><p></p><p>The school board voted last night to privatize its bus system. Dean Transportation currently provides bus service to a consortium of Ingham County school districts.</p><p></p><p>When the Lansing School Board tabled a proposal to privatize its bus service in January, the issue seemed to be put on the back burner until next year.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 03:36:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 17633 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school buses won't be privatized http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-buses-wont-be-privatized <p>The Lansing school district will continue to operate its own buses next year.</p><p></p><p>The school board decided Thursday not to go with a private bus company.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say privatizing the bus service would save the Lansing school district $5 million over the next five years, primarily because the district would not have to replace much of its aging bus fleet.</p><p></p><p>But school board president Peter Spadafore says now is not the time to privatize the bus service serving thousands of capital city school children.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:30:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16162 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school buses won't be privatized Lansing school board delays decision on privatizing school bus service http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-board-delays-decision-privatizing-school-bus-service <p>The Lansing school board has put off a decision on whether to privatize the district’s bus service.</p><p></p><p>School officials say the proposal would save the district five million dollars over the next five years, primarily by not having to pay to replace dozens of aging school buses.</p><p></p><p>But the district’s unionized bus drivers raised questions about the plan.</p><p></p><p>Peter Spadafore is the school board president. He says giving the union one week to spell out its concerns is a good idea.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:46:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 16061 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school board delays decision on privatizing school bus service Lansing school board approves a lean budget for the upcoming school year http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-board-approves-lean-budget-upcoming-school-year <p>The Lansing school board last night approved the district's budget for next year.</p><p></p><p>The $142 million spending plan is $25 million smaller than the current year budget. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The district is tightening its belt, including laying off between 90 and 100 employees.</p><p></p><p>Yvonne Caamal Canul is Lansing’s school superintendent. She describes the budget plan as setting a baseline for the district, one the district can grow from in the future.</p><p></p><p>Right now, it’s about preparing for this fall.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:22:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 13176 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school board approves a lean budget for the upcoming school year Art, music, and gym teachers get the ax in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/art-music-and-gym-teachers-get-ax-lansing <p><strong>Update 2:17 p.m.</strong></p><p>“The Superintendent is receiving calls from arts groups all over the state saying, ‘Why are you cutting the arts?’” says district spokesman Bob&nbsp;Kolt. “But it’s just not true…we’re contracting out those services to community artists.”</p><p>Kolt says the district will bring in about 10-20 “contractors” to help elementary classroom teachers with art, music and gym instruction.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:17:19 +0000 Kate Wells 11832 at http://michiganradio.org Art, music, and gym teachers get the ax in Lansing Lansing school teachers reach tentative contract with school district http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-teachers-reach-tentative-contract-school-district <p>The Lansing School District has reached a tentative contract agreement with its teachers union.</p><p>No details have been released. So it’s unclear whether the deal includes a provision to get around Michigan’s new Right to Work law.&nbsp;</p><p>Lansing teachers’ tentative agreement comes at a time when other unions are racing to put contract extensions into place before Michigan’s new Right to Work law takes effect.</p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11727 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school teachers reach tentative contract with school district Lansing Board of Education approves 'improvement plan' http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-board-education-approves-improvement-plan <p>The Lansing school district will launch a multi-faceted plan this fall to improve student academic performance.&nbsp; The plan is about more than just teaching.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 03:07:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 8368 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Board of Education approves 'improvement plan' Lansing school superintendent given 'two weeks notice' http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-superintendent-given-two-weeks-notice <p>The Lansing school board voted Thursday night to give the district&rsquo;s superintendent two weeks notice.</p><p>Dr. T.C. Wallace has been the capitol city&rsquo;s school superintendent since 2007.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He agreed last year to leave the district at the end of this academic year.&nbsp;</p><p>But the school board decided to speed up Wallace&rsquo;s departure.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The district is facing major restructuring questions&nbsp;&nbsp;and an estimated budget deficit that could be as high as 20 million dollars.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 01:37:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 6258 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school superintendent given 'two weeks notice' Lansing school district may close 4 schools during the next 2 years http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-district-may-close-4-schools-during-next-2-years <p>Lansing schools will undergo a major overhaul during the next two years, if a&nbsp;plan released last night&nbsp;is eventually adopted.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The plan calls for closing three elementary schools and one high school during the next&nbsp;two years. Twenty other schools would also see major changes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Brian Ralph is the district&rsquo;s COO. He says the plan would save two million dollars over the next two years. Ralph chastised those who suggest closing&nbsp;schools will help the district close its estimated $20 million deficit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;If we&rsquo;re going to sit here today and say we got to close schools to balance the budget&hellip;we got to close everything down in Lansing,&quot; says&nbsp;Ralph.</p><p>District officials concede closing or changing schools is an emotional issue. Guillermo&nbsp;Lopez is a school board member. He says it will be important to put emotional connections aside.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Let us no waste a lot of time&hellip;fighting for something that is&hellip;.not the best for our students,&quot;&nbsp;says Lopez. The school board plans to hold several community meetings over the coming&nbsp;months to get input on the plan. Key decisions may not come until August. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 02:28:43 +0000 Steve Carmody 6035 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school district may close 4 schools during the next 2 years Lansing school board talks about reconfiguring schools tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-board-talks-about-reconfiguring-schools-tonight <p>The Lansing School Board will be talking about closing schools tonight. Supporters of two city high schools are trying to keep them off the list.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing School District is looking at a budget deficit that could be as high as $20 million.</p><p>Tonight,&nbsp;district officials will outline their plan to pare that number down, and closing some school buildings and reconfiguring other schools is part of that plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Bill Morris is a member of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Our-Sexton/326972074000780">&lsquo;Save Our Sexton&rsquo;</a>, which is trying to keep Lansing&rsquo;s Sexton High School off the closure list. He says they&rsquo;ve been working with the Eastern High alumni group fighting its closure to get district officials to delay any decisions for a year.</p><p>&quot;They do share many of the same goals, in terms of the future of the district,&quot; says Morris, &quot;The only thing we really differ on is the building to close.&nbsp; If a building has to be closed in this matter for the obvious reasons. School Board president Myra Ford says she&rsquo;s been briefed on part of the plan. She expects no action will take place for a month because&nbsp;the plan&nbsp;may be&nbsp;more broad&nbsp;and effect more&nbsp;schools than&nbsp;most people expect. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6015 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school board talks about reconfiguring schools tonight Lansing teachers agree to layoffs, benefits cuts and a pay freeze http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-teachers-agree-layoffs-benefits-cuts-and-pay-freeze <p>Lansing teachers have approved a new one year contract that includes benefits cuts and layoffs.&nbsp; Under the deal approved by Lansing teachers, the district will eliminate up to 95 positions.&nbsp;&nbsp; The one year agreement also freezes wages, while increasing employee contributions to their health care plans.</p><p>The contract concessions are tied to the <a href="http://www.lansingschools.net/pages/Lansing_SD">Lansing School District&rsquo;s </a>need to reduce a projected $18 million dollar budget gap.&nbsp;&nbsp; The school board is expected to vote on the district&rsquo;s budget for the next fiscal year this evening.</p><p>Patti Seidl is the president of the <a href="http://www.lsea.org/#">Lansing Schools Education Association</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; She&rsquo;s worried that the school district may seek additional wage and benefit concessions next year, when the new contract expires.&nbsp; &nbsp; Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:15:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 3079 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing teachers agree to layoffs, benefits cuts and a pay freeze