Lansing Board of Education members are taking an additional month before deciding whether to move forward with opening a new intermediate school, according to the superintendent.

Lansing Board of Education members are taking an additional month before deciding whether to move forward with opening a new intermediate school, according to the superintendent.

A determination about the timeline for the school was on the agenda for a board meeting that took place Monday.

But Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said board members will revisit the issue when they meet again next month.

“They decided to take more time to consider the info,” he said.

District officials are looking at opening an intermediate school for fourth- and fifth-grade classes in a building that previously served as a middle school. The building, located at 509 Ida St., has been vacant since 2016 when the middle school classes were moved to their current location at 220 Lion Lane.

Stufflebeam has said moving fourth- and fifth-grade classes to the intermediate school would free up space at Lansing Elementary School for future growth. The new Lansing Intermediate School also would have room for growth.

Stufflebeam said it is generally understood among district officials that classes eventually will be moved to the intermediate school.

Board members have not yet decided whether the new intermediate school will open in August for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year or sometime later.

“We are going to move into that building,” he said. “It's just a matter of when we do it.”

He said district officials are moving forward with some preparations that will need to take place no matter when the school opens.

One thing that was approved Monday is the name of the new school. Board members officially approved of the name Lansing Intermediate School, Stufflebeam said.

Also Monday, Lansing High School sophomore Paige Taylor provided a presentation about depression and anxiety among teenagers. The presentation was part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project.

“She did a fantastic job,” Stufflebeam said.

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