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Lansing Public School District Receives $15 Million Grant

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LANSING, MI — The Lansing School District will use a federal grant of nearly $15 million to fund equipment and resources for a new 4-year vocational and technical training program.

Superintendent Shuldiner said they will be accepting ninth-grade students into this program starting next school year.

“This is an effort to create a school system that allows children to learn in multiple ways,” Shuldiner said.

Another portion of the federal grant will go toward an environmental education stream available for K-12 students at Forest View Elementary School.

“That’s the kind of thing the district should expect from us. We, as a district, need to do great things for our kids, and we think we’re on the right track,” Shuldiner said.

In response to concerns about transportation to and from schools, the district is providing gas cards to families. It started last year due to a shortage of bus drivers.

At the time of the update, 2,000 families were receiving $50 per month per student. However, this did not completely solve the problem. That’s why this year the district is giving high school students cards for the CATA service in Lansing.

Superintendent Shuldiner reports positive student feedback on using the CATA system

Students can also use CATA cards to travel to extracurricular activities such as work and sporting events. Shuldiner noted that after just one month he was already impressed with the outcome, with only one negative incident being reported and quickly remedied with the affected student and his family.

Interested students and families can find more information on gas cards and CATA bus routes at Transportation – Parents – Lansing School District Home.

Students tell Shuldiner they are happy with CATA buses because they have air conditioning and power outlets, two features that traditional school buses lack.

Although the district has distributed 2,860 gas cards and 715 CATA cards so far, there remains a waiting list of 270 students for school buses that the district still uses.

Shuldiner said the waitlist is due to transfer students who can’t be immediately routed, and while these new practices have alleviated problems with lack of buses, they haven’t completely eliminated them. He also added this time last year that the waiting list was in the thousands.

Ex-substitute teacher fired for allegedly pushing student

During the public comment portion of the meeting, a former substitute teacher, Mr. Dimaggio, spoke about an incident that occurred in May 2019.

Dimaggio said security escorted him out of the building as he worked after parents filed a complaint that he pushed a student. It was Dimaggio’s second visit to a board meeting since the incident, the first last June.

“I spent the better part of the summer clearing my name with the Lansing Police Department, the Ingham County District Attorney’s Office and your own Public Safety Department. I have it done without any help from the Lansing School District, in fact they refused to help me on more than one occasion,” Dimaggio said,

Dimaggio expected a letter of apology from the district, but instead received an email from the human resources department terminating his employment. After Dimaggio’s time was up, the council did not respond, which is their usual protocol for public comment.

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The jury members listened to Dimaggio uninterrupted for a total of 3 minutes.

In his public comment, Dimaggio said, “I spent the better part of the summer clearing my name from the Lansing Police Department, the Ingham County District Attorney’s Office and your own department. of public safety. I did this without any help from the Lansing School District, in fact they refused to help me on more than one occasion.

Dimaggio expected a letter of apology from the district, but instead received an email from the human resources department terminating his employment. After Dimaggio’s time was up, the council did not respond, which is their usual protocol for public comment.