Riverwalk Theatre

Riverwalk Theatre brings a theatrical performance to Zoom

LANSING, Mich. – With its first-ever virtual performance over, the Riverwalk Theatre is preparing for more virtual shows in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and a cold Michigan winter. Cold weather put an end to outdoor events hosted by the theater in the fall and led to a nearly three-month-long halt of any performances.

Extra funds from state, federal sources offer short-term relief for Lansing School District

LANSING, Mich. — The Lansing School District prepared for a financially thin year in the midst of the pandemic, but larger-than-expected revenues from state and federal sources have given the district breathing room for the short term. With a fiscal year that begins in July, the Lansing School District has to budget its year before they know exactly how much funding they will receive from the state, which has a fiscal year running from October to September. Their initial adopted budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year was based on cautious predictions of state funding, cutting their total budget by about 6% from the previous year. 

As more federal funds became available through the CARES act, the Lansing School District found itself with nearly $20 million, about 9% more than originally budgeted in the spring. In addition to those emergency funds, the state altered how it measured enrollment for allocating funds.