Human Resources

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Hello,

Welcome to the Human Resources Department of the Lansing School District, one of Lansing’s largest employers.

The Lansing School District has nearly 3,000 employees with approximately 1,250 teachers. The Department of Human Resources is responsible for handling all of the district’s personnel matters, including hiring of employees, leading contract negotiations, and processing staff leaves. All of the staff members work together to help achieve the Lansing School District’s mission of educational excellence for all students in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our teaching staff is the most highly qualified and experienced in the area. More than half of our teachers have a master’s degree or higher.

The dedicated professionals of the Lansing School District take very seriously their responsibility to teach, protect, feed, transport, and support Lansing’s most valuable resource – our children.

Our department has a staff of ten who work to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our employees. I hope you will explore our web site to learn more about our operation, the services we provide, as well as job opportunities within our district.

The Human Resources Department is grateful for the many dedicated workers who are committed to serving the students of the Lansing School District. Please contact us at 755-2000 if you have any questions or suggestions about how we can serve our employees better.


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Human Resource Department Staff

Deputy Superintendent
Mark Coscarella
(517) 755-2946

Assistant Director of Human Resources
Suzy Corbin
(517) 755-2001

HR Staffing Coordinator (LAES, CCLPI, AFSCME, LASA, M&C)
Regan Henderson
(517) 755-2011

HR Specialist (LEA, LSEA)
Unaa' Holiness
(517) 755-2010

Payroll Coordinator
Beth Farrand
(517) 755-2013

Payroll Coordinator
Steve Tapia
(517) 755-2008

HR Project Specialist
Debbie Sever
(517) 755-2002

Office Specialist
Michael McClendon
(517) 755-2003

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How do I change my address?

A. Employees can change their address using the Employee Access Center (EAC).  You may be directed using the Quick Links at the top of our Lansing School District Web Page.

The HR department is unable to take address changes over the phone. If you are unable to complete the Employee Change of Information form, written documentation via facsimile will be accepted.


Q. How do I report a name change?

A. In order to change your name, the HR department must have a copy of your social security card with your new name. An Employee Change of Information form must also be obtained and completed.


Q. How do I obtain copies of documents kept in my personnel file?

A. In order to obtain copies of documents filed in your personnel file, you must come to the HR department in person and provide a picture I.D. No information included in your personnel file will be relayed over the phone or faxed to another location.


Q. What documentation is needed for a teacher to move from the BA to *BA+ (or MA to *MA+) pay scale?

A. The individual will need to submit official transcripts from his/her college/university (copies will not be accepted) to the Human Resource department along with a letter requesting the change in status and the increase in salary.

*For BA+ and MA+, the indvidual willl also need to provide a letter from the advisor or other university official (on letterhead) indicating that they are in a "planned program" working towards their Masters or Doctoral degree.


Q. What do I need to be considered highly qualified in the subject area I am teaching?

A. Due to the number questions that arise regarding highly qualified, it is recommended that you contact the HR department at (517) 755-2000 or the MEA at (517) 337-5455.


Q. How do I file for a leave of absence?

Leave of Absence: absences of 5 or more consecutive days or for intermittent leave for the same reason. Types of Leaves are medical, family illness, maternity, parental, educational etc.

A. Obtain an Employee Leave Application from the HR department. A doctor’s statement must accompany all medical requests. All paperwork must be submitted to the HR department at least 30 days prior to the scheduled leave. Once the HR department has received all proper paperwork and the leave application has been reviewed, the individual will be notified by mail whether the leave has been approved.


Q. How do I file for a medical leave of absence extension?

A. The individual must submit an updated doctor’s statement stating the need for the extension. The HR department will review the application once again and determine whether the extension will be approved. The individual will be notified by mail whether the extension has been approved.


Q. What documentation do I need to return to work?

A. Prior to returning to work from a leave of absence, the individual must provide the HR department with a doctor’s statement stating that he/she are able to return to work. If this is not provided, prior to the return to work date, the individual will not be allowed back to work until a doctor’s statement has been received.


Q. How do I inform the district that I am resigning?

A. Should your circumstances change and you find that you must resign from the district, you must notify the HR department in writing that you are resigning, indicating when your last day of work will be. Please give a copy of your resignation to your immediate supervisor and send the original to HR. The Lansing School District requests that you give a minimum of two weeks notice for all resignations. (Excludes teaching staff, please see below).

If you are a teacher and you do not plan on returning the following school year, it is expected that you inform the Board of Education as soon as possible. A teacher wishing to resign two weeks prior to the start of school or during the school year MUST petition the Board of Education for a release from his/her contract.

Teachers must also realize that the Michigan Tenure Act provides specific penalties for staff resigning less than sixty (60) days before September 1. The Tenure Act states:

“No teacher on continuing tenure shall discontinue his services with any controlling board except by mutual consent, without giving written notice to said controlling board at least sixty (60) days before September 1 of an ensuing school year. Any teacher discontinuing his services in any other manner than as provided in this section shall forfeit his rights to continuing tenure previously acquired under this act.”

Any district property must be returned into your supervisor or Human Resources upon termination. A check list is available in the Human Resources Office and must be completed by your supervisor and returned to HR prior to the issuance of your final check.


How do I inform the district that I am retiring?

A. You must notify the HR department in writing that you are retiring, indicating when your last day of work will be. Please give a copy of your resignation to your immediate supervisor and send the original to HR. The Lansing School District requests that you notify the HR department of your retirement at least 30 days prior to your last day. (Excludes teaching staff, please see below).

If you are a teacher and you do not plan on returning the following school year, it is expected that you inform the Board of Education as soon as possible. A teacher wishing to resign two weeks prior to the start of school or during the school year MUST petition the Board of Education for a release from his/her contract.

Teachers must also realize that the Michigan Tenure Act provides specific penalties for staff resigning less than sixty (60) days before September 1. The Tenure Act states:

“No teacher on continuing tenure shall discontinue his services with any controlling board except by mutual consent, without giving written notice to said controlling board at least sixty (60) days before September 1 of an ensuing school year. Any teacher discontinuing his services in any other manner than as provided in this section shall forfeit his rights to continuing tenure previously acquired under this act.”

Any district property must be returned into your supervisor or Human Resources upon termination. A check list is available in the Human Resources Office and must be completed by your supervisor and returned to HR prior to the issuance of your final check.


Q. Who approves Conference Request Forms?

A. Your Conference Request may need more than one approval. The first approval is to come from your immediate supervisor. If funding and/or reimbursement is needed, you will need a signature and approval from the office or person in charge of the budget for your location. If it is an out-of-state conference, this will require the approval from the Superintendent. If you are requesting a substitute teacher, Human Resources will need to approve this section of the conference. The final destination is the Accounting Office, whereby; they will forward the pink copy to the originator, indicating the action taken.


Q. Who do we send our Conference Requests to?

A. If you are in need of a substitute teacher, you are to forward your conference request form to Human Resources. Otherwise, the Conference Request Form should be forwarded directly to Accounting if all other approval has been obtained.


Q. How far in advance should Conference Request Forms be sent in?

A. Conference Request Forms should be received at least two weeks prior to the date(s) you are requesting.


Q. How will I know if the Conference Request has been approved?

A. You will receive the pink carbon copy with action taken.


Q. When should I use a Conference Request Form?

A. When you are going to be absent from your place of employment to go on a Visitation or attend a Conference.


Q. When should I NOT fill out a Conference Request Form?

A. Do not fill out a Conference Request Form for the following reasons:
School Improvement activities, Special Ed IISD Training Workshops, IEPs
Meetings, Curriculum Training/Workshops, Fieldtrips, MEAP Support Workshops, Overload Scheduling, LSEA Association Days, PI-Crust, and all other "School Related" activities that you are MANDATED to attend.

Top 10 Reasons to Work in the Lansing School District

10. We’re just right …
Lansing is a major metropolitan city, but it’s not too big. There’s plenty going on, with Lansing serving as the center of the state’s government and Michigan State University only a few miles away. You won’t feel isolated from culture and entertainment opportunities, but you won’t face traffic back-ups every day getting from one end of town to the other. And, when the urge hits, we’re just a few hours drive from the beauty of Lake Michigan to the west and the bustle of Metropolitan Detroit to the east. For more information on our great city please visit www.cityoflansingmi.com

9. Experience …
The Lansing School District has one of the most distinguished and experienced workforces anywhere in Lansing. We employ master teachers across the district and have some of the top professionals anywhere filling a variety of jobs in our schools. More than half of our teachers have earned a master’s degree or higher. You’ll have an opportunity to learn from some of the best in Lansing.

8. Community Support …
The Lansing community believes in education. It recently demonstrated that commitment by approving a $67.5 million bond issue that will modernize Lansing schools and finance Lansing’s first new school in 30 years. By 2006, all Lansing secondary schools will have the absolute latest in computer and science labs. The new Pattengill Middle School on the city’s east side will serve as a state-of-the-art facility rivaled nowhere else in the area.

7. Variety …
The Lansing School District offers a wide variety of career opportunities in virtually all types of education fields. Interested in serving special needs students? The Lansing School District has a renowned special education center. Want to work with gifted students? Programs for exceptionally gifted and talented students begin in the fourth grade and extend into a vast array of Advanced Placement courses in high school. Want to pass on your love of the arts? Our district has some of the best music and drama programs in the state and two magnet schools that focus on the visual and performing arts. Whatever your specialty or interest, you’ll be able to pass on your passion in the Lansing School District.

6. We’re on the Rise …
The progress is plain to see. Standardized test scores continue to rise, and a lot of people are noticing. Gov. Jennifer Granholm has saluted the educational excellence at two of our schools. She brought a team to study the success at Moores Park Elementary School and invited the principal of Fairview Elementary School to her State of the State address in 2004 to recognize achievement gains at that school. She even agreed to salute all of our employees at an all-staff conference just before the start of school. Eight of our schools earned “As” and 14 “Bs” on the most recent Education Yes! Michigan School Report Cards. You can be part of the wave in leading the Lansing School District to new heights.

5. Salary and benefits …
A recent study found that Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in teachers’ salaries. Lansing provides competitive salaries across the board and an all-important array of benefits for all employees. Teacher benefits include:
• Health insurance
• Dental insurance
• Vision insurance
• Long-term disability insurance
• Life insurance
• Michigan Public Schools Employees Retirement System

4. Leadership …
Some of the strongest leaders in education are right here in the Lansing School District. Superintendent, Dr. E. Sharon Banks was named Michigan’s Superintendent of the Year in 2001 after her first year on the job. She was recognized for her vision and her ability to transfer ideas into real change. She is a passionate advocate of education who believes in putting children first. During her five years in Lansing, no less than three of her top cabinet members have gone on to become superintendents in other districts. And, in 2004, Everett High School Principal Dale Glynn was named Michigan’s High School Principal of the Year for his student-first attitude.

3. Staff Development …
The Lansing School District believes that learning lasts a lifetime. We are second to none in providing meaningful professional development for staff. All employees receive training every year so they can continue to grow in their roles. Teachers are guaranteed 54 hours of training every year. We know our staff members continue to improve if they are to succeed in helping to lift our students to their highest potential.

2. Diversity …
Students from all around the world end up right here in the Lansing School District. People of many cultures and languages end up making their homes in Lansing. Lansing students speak more than 30 native languages.

1. The Kids …
You can’t help but love them. They are the reason we are all here and their success is our No. 1 priority.