The Lansing school district will leave in place its policy of not accepting new out-of-district students, at least for now.

The Lansing school district will leave in place its policy of not accepting new out-of-district students, at least for now.

The issue was discussed Monday during a Lansing Board of Education meeting. And board members decided not to change the current policy, Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said.

The school board stopped accepting new students who do not live inside the Lansing school district when the state Legislature adopted a block grant system for public schools.

With the block grant system, school districts no longer received additional funding from the state for each new student.

The two-year block grant system is supposed to expire this year and be replaced with a new school finance formula for the next school year.

Stufflebeam said Lansing school board members had planned to review the out-of-district student policy once a new formula is place. But they discussed the policy Monday because of news that the private Immaculata Catholic School in Leavenworth will be closing.

Officials with the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System announced last month that Immaculata will close at the end of the current school year.

“The board needed to have a discussion whether they wanted to change the policy now,” Stufflebeam said.

He said board members needed to discuss whether they wanted to allow former Immaculata students who live outside of the district to attend classes in Lansing.

Stufflebeam said board members decided not to change the policy at this time. But they will revisit the policy if state lawmakers approve a formula that provides funding on a per pupil basis.

“We have a lot of out-of-district applications,” Stufflebeam said.

Also Monday, board members approved three new courses for Lansing High School including fire science classes that will be taught by firefighters.

The high school will begin to offer Fire Science I and Fire Science II during the next school year. Members of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 will provide the instruction for the courses.

Lansing High School also will begin offering College Algebra during the next school year. The class will be taught by existing teaching staff at the high school, according information prepared for Monday’s meeting.

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