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Lansing School District Approves Contract For Teachers

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Lansing School Board approved a new multi year contract for its teachers and officials say it saves an estimated $ 7 million dollars in the next contract year.

 Lansing's Schools Education Association, the union representing the 900 plus teachers across the district were asking for a multi year deal.

They received that by agreeing to not take a pay increase or position increase for the first two years, and will see in increase in instruction time, but will eliminate planning time and changing how arts, music and physical education is presented, a big concern for some.

Fortunately, it won't be the last time students put their ideas on paper or have music and physical education class, as they won't be cut, but the teaches who to hold the brush might be.

"In this new plan we are going to be having classroom teachers role that into their schedule," said Chuck Alberts Vice President LSEA.

And for art teachers like Lori Casper Reuben that's an issue.

"This is what we went to school for, this is what we know inside and out," Reuben.

Reuben has for the district for twenty years and she's not worried so much about losing her job as she is, the students losing their proper instruction.

"On top of all their other activities that they have to do, academic work, art is not going to be their top priority and that is how the arts are going to suffer," Reuben said.

The plan was approved by nearly 80% of the teachers in the district and Jerry Swartz says with facing a $8 million dollar deficit he supports it as well.

"But the harder work is in front of us, it's reinventing ourselves once again to stand tall and move forward, you have a great team, work together and we will see a better day," said Jerry Swartz, LSEA Advocate.

A day that superintendent Y'vonne Caamal Canul is excited about.

"We will work together with the LSEA to resign our art, music and p.e and media program offerings so that our students continue to have rich education experience."

An experience that may look different next year,but its still an experience students will have.

The school board also voted in favor of a two year extension for Superintendent Y'vonne Caamal Canul, her salary will remain at the current pay grade.

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