Possible closing of Sexton, Eastern could re-ignite conflict between alumni and school board

Back in 2011, the possibility that the Lansing Board of Education might build a new high school and shut down Lansing Eastern or Lansing Sexton initially sparked outrage among the alumni of both schools. Now a new task force has been tasked to help the board make a decision by December, raising questions about whether the conflict will erupt again. Much of the opposition has died down in the many months since the initial idea was floated. However, Steve Manchester, who was a part of the Save Our Sexton campaign to protest the possible closing, said that if talk of closing the schools starts to get more serious, there will be an uproar of support for the schools once again. “If they come to a decision and decide to build a new high school and close Sexton or Eastern, there will be a very loud backlash against that,” Manchester said. “(The alumni) are ready to be very active and involved if there is serious discussions about closing those two schools or building a new school.”

Lansing School Board member Myra Ford understands the support for the schools as she herself is a ’64 graduate of Sexton, but she says that love for her alma mater will not stop her from doing what she believes is best for the district.