Members of the Lansing Board of Education have made no decision regarding whether to allow new out-of-district students to enroll next year in Lansing public schools.

Members of the Lansing Board of Education have made no decision regarding whether to allow new out-of-district students to enroll next year in Lansing public schools.

Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said the district implemented a policy last year to allow the enrollment of out-of-district students for the current school year.

“The board wanted to discuss it again this year,” he said.

Board members took up the issue when they met Monday, but Stufflebeam said no decision was made.

“They're going to discuss it again next month,” he said.

The superintendent said the discussion is focusing on capacity and financial aspects. He said board members have questions about state funding.

The district previously had a policy to accept out-of-district students. But the school board stopped the practice when the state Legislature adopted a block grant system for public schools. That system ended last year and was replaced with a formula that provides additional funding as enrollment increases.

Stufflebeam said school board members already have approved the enrollment of returning out-of-district students, so the discussion focuses on new out-of-district students.

Stufflebeam said most of the current out-of-district students are attending classes at Lansing High School because this is the building that can accommodate the additional students.

Also Monday, board members approved an increase in how much the district pays substitute teachers. The pay will increase from $103 per day to $115 per day. Stufflebeam said the pay increase will keep the Lansing public school system competitive in the local market.

Board members also approved bids related to an intermediate school that will be opened at a former middle school building at 509 Ida St.

District officials plan to open the intermediate school, which will house classes for grades four and five, for the next school year.

Board members approved a bid from ABCreative, De Soto, in the amount of $46,706 for playground equipment for the intermediate school. Board members also approved a bid from Yellow Dog Networks, Kansas City, Missouri, in the amount of $27,034 for a phone system at the school.

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