Showcase aims to keep Lansing students

Posted: 7:56 PM, Jan 30, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-30 19:56:48-05

For mother of three Quinn Cervantes-Prevo, she has a lot of requirements for her kids' school.

"I'm looking for is first and foremost the education structure. I'm looking for a challenge for my son" she said.

Those requirements are the reason why she attended the Lansing School District Showcase Saturday. As her family prepares to move, her boys' education is the most important factor of where they go.

"Honestly it is the largest part of my determination of where we're gonna live" Cervantes-Prevo said.

It's families like the Cervantes-Prevo that the Lansing School District is trying to keep. Because for the 2015-2016 academic year the district was down 495 students.

"There are people who leave the Lansing School District. 20 percent of East Lansing students actually live in Lansing. 20 percent of Holt students actually live in Lansing" said Lansing School District's Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul. "And so we want to make sure that people know that this is a great school district to be in."

Superintendent Caamal Canul said her district isn't alone in seeing students leave their school districts.

"While we might look at Lansing and say that we're losing enrollment, it really is a situation statewide. It's not unique to Lansing but we don't want people to leave Lansing and go to another school district" said Superintedent Caamal Canul.

She said in the past five years the state has seen more than 52,000 students leave state schools.

As more and more students leave the Lansing district, the school board has to deal with a budget loss of nearly $672,000.

"We're starting our budget process early, we're gonna have a budget information study session in March with the school board" Board President Peter Spadafore said. "And of course the administration is continually watching those numbers but a lot relies on what the state government does , what the legislature does."

He says the district isn't focusing on the loss of students but more so keeping the ones they have like the Cervantes-Prevo.

After attending the showcase Cervantes-Prevo made a decision, "staying in the Lansing school district is where I am more leaning towards."