An all boys public elementary school proposed under a turnaround plan is attracting some interest and some questions.
In Lansing Michigan, Willow Elementary, a school designated “high priority” by the state because of low test scores, is targeted for significant changes by the district. One of the proposed changes in a turnaround plan is to implement research based instruction, which includes a building for boys only.
Associate superintendent for student learning Mark Coscarella said that the turnaround model will include replacing at least half of Willow’s staff.
“These plans are big and bold,” he said. “But we are not going to do it without input from the community, the school board and the state department of education.”
According to Willow principal Steven Lonzo, the proposal is in a very early stage and only a handful of parents know about it. He wants to wait until the plan is approved by the state before presenting it to the community.