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UPDATE: Lansing School Plan Will Revamp District

UPDATE: The Lansing school board approved the proposed revamp of the district in an 8-1 vote on Thursday night. 

 

ORIGINAL STORY: The interim superintendent of the Lansing schools will unveil sweeping plan to revamp the district tonight.

Instead of closing one of the city's three high schools, Yvonne Caamal Canul's plan would keep them all open. But the high schools would house students from 7th to 12th grade instead of starting at 9th.

Eastern and Sexton would see those changes starting in the fall. Everett would add 7th and 8th grade in the 2014-15 school year.

The plan also calls for creating five 4th through 6th grade schools. Those schools include Attwood, Lewton, Mt. Hope, Pattengill, and Sheridan Road.

Twelve other schools would serve as pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade buildlings. They include Averill, Cavanaugh, Fairview, Forest Park, Gier Park, Kendon, Lyons, Post Oak, Reo, Riddle, and Willow.

According to the plan, pre-K through 3rd grade schools would focus on "learning to read" - and the 4th through 6th grade schools would focus on "reading to learn."

But while the high schools would be spared, not every building would survive.

Otto Middle School would close. Bingham Elementary would be "mothballed" - closed for the immediate future but potentially be put back into service. Elmhurst and Wainwright schools will close. Gardner Middle School will be come a kindergarten through 8th grade school.

The plan is called "Bold Changes=Smarter Schools, Reset for Student Success."

"The Lansing School District is at a crossroads," Caamal Canul said in a press release. "Let's be bold. Let's shift from bricks and mortar, and focus on an instructional vision for the future."

The school board would have to vote to approve the plan. It's not immediately clear when that would happen. But Caamal Camul says she wants to see the plan in place by the next school year.

We'll have a live report from the Lansing School District on 6 News at 6 and complete reaction from the school board, parents, and others tonight on 6 News at 11.

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