The Lansing Intermediate School will open for the start of the next school year.

The Lansing Intermediate School will open for the start of the next school year.

That was the decision Monday of the Lansing Board of Education.

In recent months, board members have discussed opening an intermediate school in a vacant building that previously served as a middle school.

When they met Monday, board members voted unanimously to move forward with opening the building in time for when the 2018-2019 school year begins in August.

The intermediate school will open in the former middle school building located at 509 Ida St. Classes for grades four and five will be moved from the nearby Lansing Elementary School to the intermediate school.

Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam has said this will free up space for future growth at the elementary school. The new intermediate school also will have room for growth.

The building that will house Lansing Intermediate School has been vacant since 2016. That is when Lansing Middle School classes were moved to their current location at 220 Lion Lane.

Stufflebeam said the intermediate school will need things such as phones, security cameras and signage.

Work also has started on the construction of a new secured entrance for the intermediate school.

Currently, Lansing Elementary School has separate principals for kindergarten through the second grade and grades three through five. The elementary school also has an assistant principal position.

Stufflebeam said one of the principals will be moved to the new intermediate school.

The remaining two administrators will stay at the elementary school. One will serve as the principal for kindergarten and first grade. The other will be the principal for grades two and three.

Also Monday, board members approved the 2018-2019 academic calendar. The first day of school for most students will be Aug. 14. The last day of classes will be May 22, 2019.

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