Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Lansing School Board is discussing the closing of either Eastern or Sexton High School, a decision which the Board of Directors of Allen Neighborhood Center believes would be destructive and counter-productive to the district, and indeed, to the City.
Eastern and Sexton each serve as a stabilizing presence on Lansing’s Eastside and Westside, respectively, helping to create sustainable, vibrant, and stable communities. In addition to serving their school communities, these high schools anchor and embody the spirit of two quadrants of the City.
While we believe that closing either high school is a mistake, we are particularly concerned about Eastern High School. Below are a list of reasons, developed by the Eastern Alumni Group as well as school and community members, for retaining Eastern High School. A second list includes important considerations offered by former LSD Board Member Jack Davis in a memorandum to the Board.
This is a critical issue, and we encourage you to take the time to read through these offerings, and then weigh in with members of the school board. Board members names and emails are not included on the District’s website, but we have been told that emails consist of first name, dot, last name, @lansingschools.net. For instance, board president Myra Ford is firstname.lastname@example.org.
You might also consider attending a special meeting this Tuesday at 7 pm in the Administration Building on W. Kalamazoo to hear the Administration Restructuring Recommendations Report (i.e., what Dr. Wallace’s administrative team thinks should be done.). Or, plan to attend Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. Decisions may be imminent, so please take the time now to dig into this issue and share your ideas and opinions with the decision-makers.
Thank you for your consideration.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Allen Neighborhood Center