The Lansing State Journal reports that the Lansing School District Board of Education has approved $3.7 million in district-wide improvements, some of which will be funded by 2016's Pathway Promise millage approved by district voters last year.

$3.4 million of the approved funds will go towards upgrading the district's antiquated phone and internet systems. Other projects include asbestos removal and air quality tests for district buildings scheduled for renovations from the Pathway Promise millage approval. Sexton High School will receive new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint for its lockers.

District officials say that $2.64 million of the voter-approved $120 million Pathway Promise millage will be used to partially pay for the upgrades. The rest will come from various property and sinking funds.

A big talking point up to the millage vote in 2016 was what to do with Eastern High School. Proposed plans called for upgrading the current Pattengill Middle School campus to accommodate a new Eastern campus. Also last year, the district agreed to sell the current Eastern High School to Sparrow Hospital, and lease the building on the cheap for up to 5 years. No formal plan for Eastern's future has been made public.