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Lansing School District embracing major upgrades and additions

Middle school athletics return this year

You can't blame officials at the Lansing School District for being excited about the upcoming school year. Major infrastructure and educational improvements are currently underway, thanks to more than 180-Million dollars’ worth of planned improvements made possible by voters and federal grants.

Desla Chapman, Executive Director for Student Learning says, money helps, and the Lansing School District is watching millions of dollars go to work. She says the Pathway Promise Bond, approved by voters in 2016, has resulted in many Lansing school buildings getting remodeled, expanded or refurnished.

In addition, almost $62-Million in federal grants were awarded to the district to strengthen not only schools, but staff as well. Nearly $47-Million of that will help create a teacher and school leadership incentive program that'll support local Lansing educators, and the other $15-Million will revive 6 new magnet schools designed for specialized education.

"Very near and dear to our heart is the grand re-opening of a brand-new school, the new Pattengil,” says Chapman. “This school will have a focus on bio-technology and an undertone of STEM education."

Plus, just last month the Board of Education for the Lansing School District approved a budget involving a new five-year contract with teachers that gives them a 2.5% pay increase, stipends, and financial incentives for class achievement.

The increased investment within the school district is also spreading out to sports as well.

"We are very proud that we are bringing back middle school athletics this year,” says Chapman. “We know we have a lot of kiddo's and their families at that middle school level that are very excited about that."

The first day of school for the Lansing School District is August 27.


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