LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Lansing School District has approved Benjamin Shuldiner as the new district superintendent.
Shuldiner says he’s very excited about his new position and he looks forward to doing innovative work in a smaller district where he’s able to build one on one relationships.
Shuldiner was the founder and Principal of the High School for Public Service in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is also a past President of the Association for Supervision of Curriculum Development and was a Mayoral Appointment to the New York City School Board of Education.
His main goals for Lansing School District is to improve the graduation rate which is at 46% and to also increase enrollment rate.
Shuldiner wants to build trust within the community to learn about their concerns and how to move Lansing’s education forward.
“As an outsider, I want to build trust in the community and that’s going to take time and I understand that. So I really look forward to being heavily involved in the community, spending time, and working with non-profits, said Shuldiner. “How do we get the community to really come together with a shared vision of moving the district to even greater heights, to more success, and really moving student achievement.”
For parents getting kids back to in-person learning may be a concern and Shuldiner says he understands and wants to do this safely.
“All school districts across the country have to balance making sure that students and adults are safe and secure also but how do you move education forward, how do you move student success forward,” he said.
The new superintendent is currently living going back and forth between New York and Lansing but he will offcially move to Michigan’s capital in June. He will begin his duties as superintendent on July 1st.
Although his contract is only for 3 years, he hopes to extend it when the time comes.