lansing school board http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 school board may consider closing schools in 2 weeks http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-board-may-consider-closing-schools-2-weeks <p>The Lansing school district may decide in two weeks whether it will close schools&nbsp;to save money.</p><p>The school district is considering ways to restructure to deal with&nbsp;a declining enrollment and diminishing state aid.</p><p>Last night, the Lansing school board heard from people opposed to any plans to&nbsp;close schools. Lansing resident Richard Kibbee&nbsp; says the school board should not take the recommendations for which schools to close from a superintendent who is&nbsp;retiring in a few months.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:53:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 5868 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school board may consider closing schools in 2 weeks