Behind the effort to create a new Lansing area high school

Apr 11, 2014

Organizers say many leaders of local Lutheran congregations think now is the time to try and get a new high school off the ground.
Credit Flickr - Jerzy Kociatkiewicz

The idea of starting a high school under any circumstances is a daunting one, to say the least. With schools struggling all across Michigan, the economy still on the rebound, and the constant political maneuvering in education policy, the task of creating a new high school in the Lansing area seems that much more difficult.

These obstacles are not stopping Traci Backus and Dean Poellet.

Current State spoke with Backus, the principal of Holt Lutheran School, and Poellet, the pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, where Holt Lutheran is located. Backus says the idea has been in the works for about ten years.