Lansing School District
Lansing, MI

The Board of Education for the Lansing School District is in search of a superintendent. 

Lansing is the capital of the U.S. state of Michigan. In 1847, it was named the new state capital of Michigan, 10 years after Michigan became a state. The Lansing metropolitan area, colloquially referred to as “Mid-Michigan,” is an important center for educational, cultural, governmental, commercial and industrial functions. Neighboring East Lansing is home to Michigan State University, a public research university with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students.

The area features two medical schools, a veterinary school, two nursing schools, and two law schools. It is the site of the Michigan State Capitol, the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, a branch of the U.S. District Court, the Library of Michigan and Historical Center, and headquarters of four national insurance companies.

The Lansing School District covers more than 52 square miles, making it the fifteenth-largest public school district in Michigan, serving 9,849 students in 26 school buildings. Highly qualified teachers, tremendous support staff, dedicated administrators, and a committed Board of Education make up this unique school district that offers more exciting and innovative educational options for families than any other school district in the greater Lansing area!

The district is a growing and diverse community of students and staff. There is a significant refugee population from around the world that now call Lansing, and its public schools, home, which accounts for the more than 30 languages currently being spoken across the district.

Strong partnerships are also an important and valuable asset to the district. We value our connections with Michigan State University, Emergent Biosolutions, Accident Fund Insurance and a long list of other committed partners that help bring a “real world” experience to our students. Our Lansing Promise scholarship program offers tuition assistance for post-secondary education to all eligible high school graduates.

The Lansing School District has passed significant bonds, including the May 2019 approval of its sinking fund. These bonds will continue to support our mission to provide educational excellence in a safe and nurturing environment for all students.

District Student & Staff Data 

  • Enrollment—9,849
  • Teachers—680 (includes Guest Teachers)
  • Administrators—52 (LASA); 7 (Executive Team)
  • Counselors/social workers—26 (11 counselors, 15 social workers)
  • Paraprofessionals—185 (LEA without noon assistants)
  • Office staff—50 (LAES)
  • Support staff—289 (Public Safety, LEA Noon Assistants,  LSEA except for Teachers/Counselors/Social Workers, Coaches, Retired Sub Teachers)
  • Other staff—335 (Meet and Confer and Miscellaneous staff)
  • School buildings—26

District Financial Data  

    • Foundation grant per pupil—$8,227
    • Revenue—$154,336,000 (per FY21 budget adopted in June 2020)
    • Expenses—$160,432,000 (per FY21 budget adopted in June 2020)
    • Projected fund balance—$6,086,213 (per FY21 budget adopted in June 2020)
    • Tax Base (2020 SEV) —$2,600,952,201
    • Non-homestead Levy—17.5214
    • Debt Retirement—Tax Year 2020 Debt Levy 4.60 and Sinking Fund 2.9829

Board of Education

Gabrielle Lawrence, President
Rachel Willis, Vice President
Dr. Nino Rodriguez, Secretary
Dr. Nathan Burroughs, Treasurer
Dr. Farhan Bhatti, Trustee
Dr. Bryan Beverly, Trustee
Amy Hodgin, Trustee
Melissa Lilje, Trustee
Guillermo Lopez, Trustee

Salary and Contract Information

The Board will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract. A salary range of $180,000 – $210,000 has been established for this position. 

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should complete and submit an online application found here.

Completed online applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. EDT on Feb. 9, 2021. No hard copy, fax or emails accepted. If requested by the candidate, materials will be treated confidentially through the screening process. Candidate names will become public at the time an interview is scheduled. 

Applicants are asked to refrain from directly contacting board members. All questions regarding the search should be directed to Jay Bennett, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Executive Search Services, Michigan Association of School Boards, at 517.327.5928 or

Search Timeline

Action Date
Application deadline Feb. 9, 2021
Selection of candidates to interview Feb. 18, 2021
First-round interviews March 2 & 3, 2021
Second-round interviews

First Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent

March 11, 2021
Second Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting, March 18, 2021
Start date July 1, 2021