Lansing School District, Michigan

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Lansing School District
Ingham County, Michigan
Lansing School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Yvonne Caamal Canul
Enrollment:12,573 students
Graduation rate:51.6%[1]
Number of schools:27
Budget: $162.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Peter Spadafore
Board members:9
Term length:6
Lansing School District is a school district in Ingham County, Michigan. Lansing is the 12th-largest school district by enrollment in Michigan and served 12,573 students in 27 schools during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Lansing School District is located in Ingham County, Michigan.
Lansing School District is located in Ingham County, Michigan. The county seat of Ingham County is Mason. Ingham County is home to 281,723 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]


Lansing underperformed in comparison to the rest of Michigan in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.5 percent of Lansing residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.5 percent for Michigan as a whole. The median household income in Lansing was $37,128 compared to $48,471 for the state of Michigan. The poverty rate in Lansing was 27.1 percent compared to 16.3 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Lansing (%) Michigan (%)
White 61.2 78.9
Black or African American 23.7 14.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.6
Asian 3.7 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0 0
Two or More Races 6.2 2.3
Hispanic or Latino 12.5 4.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Ingham County[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 80,847 45,306
2008 93,994 46,483
2004 76,877 54,734
2000 69,231 47,314

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[6]


The superintendent of Lansing School District is Yvonne Caamal Canul.[7] Prior to her appointment in June 2012, Caamal Canul served as the interim superintendent after the school board put former Superintendent T.C. Wallace on paid leave.[8][9] She first worked in the Lansing School District from 1974 to 2001 as an educator, principal and administrator. From 2001 to 2011, she worked as an education consultant, Michigan Department of Education official and corporate executive. Caamal Canul earned her bachelor's degree from Olivet College and her master's degree from Michigan State University.[10]

School board

Lansing School District is overseen by a nine-member board, all of whom are elected at-large to six-year terms.[11]

Lansing Board of Education[12]
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Peter Spadafore 2011 2018
Myra Ford 2009 2016
Rachel Lewis 2011 2018
Shirley Rodgers 2007 2014
Nicole Armbruster 2011 2018
Charles Ford 2007 2014
Amy Hodgin 2003 2016
Guillermo Z. López 2001 2014
Nino Rodriguez 2009 2016

School board elections

Members of the Lansing Board of Education are elected to six-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Lansing Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[11]

Public Participation

At each meeting of the Board, the President or the presiding Board officer shall welcome all visitors to the Board meeting.

The Board President shall ask, at the appropriate time as specified on the agenda, those members of the public attending the Board meeting if any of them have something to bring to the attention of the Board. All those wishing to address the Board shall be subject to the following procedural regulations:

a. The public participation portion of the meeting shall be limited to one-half hour normally. An exception will be made so that no one’s right to address the Board will be denied.

b. Each person shall be allowed to speak for up to five minutes, except where the number of speakers exceeds the time limit. In those instances, either the Board President may reduce the five-minute limit to a three-minute limit for each speaker or the President will waive the one-half hour time limit and establish a longer period.

c. Each person wishing to address the Board may be asked to identify himself/herself by name and address. If the person is representing an organization or group, the person should indicate whether the comments or presentation represents the official view of the organization or group or are his/her own comments.

d. If a delegation is present to address the Board, the delegation may be asked to select up to five representatives to speak on its behalf, for a total of not more than 15 minutes. This request, however, does not mean that any person wishing to address the Board will be denied that opportunity.

e. Any written statements should be given to the Board Secretary so that copies may be made available to all Board members. All written statements and documents presented to the Board by an individual or group during the meeting are considered public documents.

f. Individuals addressing the Board should take into consideration the rules of common courtesy. The public participation portion of the meeting cannot be used to make personal attacks against a school board member or school district employee that disrupt the order of the meeting and are totally unrelated to the manner in which the member or employee performs his or her duties. To ensure due process and respect for individual rights, the District maintains a formal process for handling complaints against individuals. A problem involving an individual or specific incident is best handled through administrative channels. For assistance, please contact the Superintendent’s office.

g. Speakers with complaints against a Board member, employee, or student of the District that is related directly to their job performance, duties, or the administration of the District during public comment will, as provided in these bylaws, be permitted to make the initial allegation. Thereafter, the affected Board member, employee, or student (or Superintendent on behalf of those persons) may request that further discussion and/or deliberation occur in a closed session pursuant to the Open Meetings Act.

h. Board members are not obligated to answer questions or make statements or commitments in response to issues raised by the public. In general, such issues will be referred to the Superintendent for investigation, study, and recommendation or designated as future agenda items for Board consideration.

Handling of Complaints

Speakers are encouraged to present complaints about a specific employee, Board member, or student through proper channels established under Board policy before requesting Board consideration.[13]


The table below displays the budget for Lansing School District:[14][15]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $109,863,635 63.6% $15,286,276 8.8% $15,320,435 8.9% $0 0% $32,306,661 18.7% $172,777,007
2012-2013 $110,669,587 65.6% $14,512,525 8.6% $14,740,140 8.7% $0 0% $28,663,212 17% $168,585,464
2013-2014 $86,935,073 53.4% $6,829,638 4.2% $65,863,955 40.5% $1,881,768 1.2% $1,297,617 0.8% $162,808,051
Averages: $102,489,431.67 61% $12,209,479.67 7% $31,974,843.33 19% $627,256 0% $20,755,830 12% $168,056,840.67

Teacher salaries

Lansing School District employed 598 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[16] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. In 2012 and 2013, the school district and the Lansing Schools Education Association agreed to maintain the 2010-2011 salary schedule in place through the 2014-2015 school year.[17][18] The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Lansing Schools Education Association for 2013-2014:[19]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
No degree 26,559 42,716
B.A. 35,920 61,431
B.A. + 15 37,357 65,529
M.A. 38,794 73,015
M.A. + 30 41,667 76,000
Ph.D. 44,541 78,698

Schools in Lansing School District


Lansing School District served 12,573 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Lansing School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Lansing School District operates 27 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[20]

Lansing School District
School Name
Attwood Elementary School
Averill Spanish Immersion Pre-K-3 School
Beekman Center
Cavanaugh Elementary School
Cumberland Elementary School
Eastern High School
Everett High School
Fairview School
Forest View Elementary School
Gardner Leadership, Law & Government Academy
Gier Park School
J.W. Sexton High School
Kendon Elementary School
Lansing STEM Academy
Lewton Elementary School
Lyons School
Mt. Hope School
North School
Pattengill Middle School
Pleasant View Magnet School
Post Oak School
REO School
Sheridan Road Elementary School
Vivian Riddle Elementary School
Wexford Montessori Magnet School
Willow Elementary School
Woodcreek Achievement Center

Academic performance

The Michigan Merit Exam is a standardized test conducted to measure student progress toward the state's academic benchmarks. Students in grade 11 and eligible students in grade 12 are tested on the following five subjects: reading, writing, social studies, mathematics and science. Students can score as Not Proficient, Partially Proficient, Proficient and Advanced in each subject.

The Michigan Merit Exam was introduced in 2007 and fully implemented in 2008 as a replacement for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program standardized test for high school students. It incorporates both the ACT college readiness assessment and the WorkKeys career readiness assessment. It is also used to measure Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act.[21][22]

Reading MME Performance[23]
Not Proficient Partially Proficient Proficient Advanced Total Proficient
Year District State District State District State District State District State
2012-2013 36% 17% 33% 30% 27% 39% <10% 14% 31% 54%
Writing MME Performance[23]
Not Proficient Partially Proficient Proficient Advanced Total Proficient
Year District State District State District State District State District State
2012-2013 20% <10% 56% 43% 22% 44% <10% <10% 24% 49%
Social Studies MME Performance[23]
Not Proficient Partially Proficient Proficient Advanced Total Proficient
Year District State District State District State District State District State
2012-2013 25% 12% 59% 49% 13% 28% <10% 10% 16% 39%
Mathematics MME Performance[23]
Not Proficient Partially Proficient Proficient Advanced Total Proficient
Year District State District State District State District State District State
2012-2013 66% 33% 27% 38% <10% 23% <10% <10% <10% 29%
Science MME Performance[23]
Not Proficient Partially Proficient Proficient Advanced Total Proficient
Year District State District State District State District State District State
2012-2013 75% 46% 18% 29% <10% 17% <10% <10% <10% 26%

Contact information

Lansing School District seal.jpg

Lansing School District
519 West Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 755-1000

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. MI School Data, "2011-12 Graduation Dropout Snapshot," accessed February 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 MI School Data, "Student Count Snapshot," accessed February 4, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Ingham County, Michigan," accessed February 4, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 United States Census Bureau, "Lansing (city), Michigan," accessed February 4, 2014
  5. Department of State, "Previous Election Information," accessed February 4, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Lansing School District, "Superintendent's Office," accessed February 4, 2014
  8. Mlive, "Lansing school board picks Yvonne Caamal Canul over former Portage superintendent Marsha Wells for interim job," March 2, 2012
  9. WKAR, "Looking Ahead To Lansing Schools Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul's Tenure," April 19, 2012
  10. Lansing State Journal, "Yvonne Caamal Canul: 'I feel like I am in the right place at the right time'," May 7, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Lansing School District, "Board Policies," accessed February 4, 2014
  12. Lansing School District, "Board Members," accessed February 4, 2014
  13. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. Lansing School District, "Lansing School District Fiscal Year: 2011-12," accessed December 2, 2013
  15. Lansing School District, "Report on Financial Statements – Year Ending June 30, 2014," accessed December 16, 2014
  16. Center for Educational Performance and Information, "School Personnel Data and Reports," accessed February 4, 2014
  17. Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "LSEA Package Proposal (U-8)," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Conditional Increase Tentative Agreement," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. Lansing School District, "Master Agreement between Lansing Schools Education Association and Lansing School District Board of Education, 2009-2011," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Lansing School District, "Schools," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Michigan Department of Education, "Michigan Merit Exam," accessed February 3, 2014
  22. Michigan Department of Education, "Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Michigan Merit Examination Score Reports," accessed February 3, 2014
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 MI School Data, "2012-13 MME Snapshot," accessed February 4, 2014