Lansing School District Buildings In Need Of Facelift

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The schools in the Lansing School District are very old and are in need of a bit of a facelift.

6 News’ Christa Lamendola talked to the school board president who says they’re looking at financial options to pay for the fixes-, one of which is a new school bond.

“A lot of our schools are old; they are in need of some TLC.”

Age has given these older Lansing schools some charm, but decades of use has schools in need of some sprucing up.

“Some of our buildings are from the 20s and 30s that’s a long time ago and classroom space has changed so we really want to see a 21st century learning environment in all of our schools,” said Peter Spadafore, president, Lansing School District Board of Education.

The school district has a special fund to take care of current repairs, but long term projects for technology and security improvements prices out somewhere in the tens of millions of dollars.

Paying for those renovations is a whole different story. The president says they have looked into selling Eastern High School, which is right in the backyard of Sparrow Hospital, prime real estate, but selling the school is not their only option.

“It’s a long process, but we do want a bond proposal put together.”

Before they put a bond on the ballot, they’re looking to hear from the community through a survey.

That survey includes questions on building a new high school altogether and renovating old schools.

But no matter what, the school board president says now is the time to make some decisions.

“It’s time to start looking at do we spend a lot of money bringing it up to 21st century learning standards or do we look at other options in the district.”

The school board will meet with the superintendent of the schools next week to weigh their options

If you want to participate in the discussion, you can weigh in on the school district’s survey, here: Lansing School District Proposal Survey

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