Lansing Board of Education hears from supporters of Sexton and Eastern High Schools at Thursday meeting
Friday, Jan. 20 — Members of the Lansing Board of Education were
seeing red when they looked out at the audience Thursday evening: members of
the Save Our Sexton campaign wore red as a sign of unity in support of Sexton
Supporters of both Sexton and Eastern High School attended
the meeting. A crowd of over 100 included students, parents, teachers and alumni overflowed into the
“Whether your football uniform is crimson or golden, we’re
in this together and we need to fix this district,” said Keith Kris, speaking on
behalf of the Westside Neighborhood Association during the public comment time.
The decision whether to close Sexton or Eastern High School
was not on the regular agenda, but SOS and Eastern supporters attended the meeting
in the hope of persuading the board to postpone the decision until at least Jan.
31, 2013, by which time the district is expected to have hired a new
superintendent to replace T.C. Wallace, who is set to leave June 30.
Michigan Radio reported that board President Myra Ford expects
the board will make a decision on school closings by the end of the month.
However, Wallace said it may be Feb. 2, when the board is scheduled to meet
During 30 minutes of public comment, Eastern sophomore
August Stover suggested other options.
“Closing either high school is plainly not in the best
interest for students in this district,” Stover said. “There are many other
suggestions in the restructuring plan. I know because I helped to draft it. There
are so many more ways to go about this than closing the school. I’m shocked
they’re not being discussed tonight.”
Added Stover: “I love that so many community members came
out to speak and that it wasn’t really Eastern versus Sexton, it was in favor
of success for Lansing School District,” Stover said.
Bill Morris, a spokesman for SOS and a Sexton graduate,
spoke about restoring “the glory” that Lansing Public Schools once had and
maintaining the same level of education he once received.
“When I walked out of Lansing public schools, I was
prepared,” Morris said. “When we were educated, this is what we were taught,
and that’s what we want to do for all of (the current students) and everybody
The SOS campaign has a petition available online at