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What's happening with Willow?: Lansing School District reveals plans for new and improved school

Since the $129.7 million Lansing School District bond passed in 2022, improvements across the district have been made and the latest ones taking place at Willow School.
Posted at 10:29 PM, Jun 03, 2024
  • In 2022, Lansing voters approved a $129.7 million bond to go toward the Lansing School District
  • With that funding, the Lansing School District plans to build 4 new school buildings, improvements to air quality and comfort, J.W. Sexton High School refresh.
  • As of Monday, Willow School is the 2nd new school to be built
  • In the attached video, we learned the details of the new school and a timeline for completion

(The following is a transcription of the full broadcast story)

A new day for Willow School began on Monday as officials and friends of the district broke ground on what they say is a dream come true.

It's a full makeover for Willow School...

"What you're going to see is a new willow, a modern willow, a willow that is special, a willow that is going to be taking our students to the next level of their education," said Superintendent Shuldiner.

School leaders say they're going to a 'campus style' building -- with 2nd graders in their own community, and then one for grades 3 through 5, and another for 6 through 8.

They'll all be connected by walking paths.

"It just gives you the opportunity to create more of a sense of community to foster those students from the time they enter into the school at a younger age," said Steven Lonzo, retired Lansing Schools administrator.

The new building will also include a single point of entry to ensure safety, outdoor learning spaces, and solar strategies for energy efficiency

That mission is part of the Lansing School district's $130 million dollar bond targeting school improvements.

Willow is the 2nd school of 4 to be rebuilt in the Lansing School District so far and Superintendent Ben Shuldiner says he looks forward to seeing the academic benefits of a more inviting learning space...

"When you're in a brand new building that has central air and bright sunlight coming in and new equipment and better desks all of this means that our kids are going to have a better opportunity at learning," he said.

Officials say the new Willow School building will be complete in August of 2026

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