Lansing School District

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 10,000+ 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—10,532
  •  Teachers—687 (includes Guest Teachers)
  •  Administrators—51 (LASA); 8 (Executive Team)
  •  Counselors/social workers—22 (10 counselors, 12 social workers)
  •  Paraprofessionals—186 (LEA without noon assistants) Office staff—48 (LAES)
  •  Support staff—211 (Public Safety, LSEA except for Teachers/Counselors/Social Workers, LEA

noon assistants)

  •  Other staff—355 (Meet and Confer and Miscellaneous staff)
  • School buildings—26

District Financial Data
Foundation grant per pupil—$8,227
Revenue—$165,323,000 (per FY20 budget adopted in June 2019)
Expenses—$166,425,000 (per FY20 budget adopted in June 2019)
Projected fund balance—$9,020,432 (per FY20 budget adopted in June 2019)
Tax Base (2018 SEV) —$2,505,361,041
Non-homestead Levy—17.7792
Debt Retirement—4.60 Debt levy (does not include 3.00 sinking fund levy)

Board of Education
Rachel Willis, President
Dr. Nino Rodriguez, Vice President
Dr. Bryan Beverly, Secretary
Gabrielle Lawrence, Treasurer
Dr. Farhan Bhatti, Trustee
Dr. Nathan Burroughs, 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. 11, 2020. 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

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 or Greg Sieszputowski,
M.Ed., Director of Leadership Development and Executive Search Services, Michigan Association of
School Boards, at 517.327.9224 or

Search Timeline


Action Date
Application deadline Feb. 11, 2020
Selection of candidates to interview Feb. 20, 2020
First-round interview March 10 – 11, 2020
Second-round interviews
First Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent
March 18, 2020
Second Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent  March 19, 2020 – (Regularly Scheduled
Board Meeting)
Start Date July 1, 2020