.- The Diocese of Lansing's Catholic schools will unify to form a K-12 school system to eventually encompass some suburban schools.
"Our Catholic schools can do more for students and families if they work together," said Bishop Carl Mengeling said in a press release.
A 15-member advisory committee, formed of parents, principals, pastors and other Catholics, will oversee the schools now educating more than 1,000 students.
The committee's first assignments will be to eliminate differences in tuition and teacher salaries at the schools, which will prevent competition. It will also institute more uniform accounting practices at the schools and explore the feasibility of the constructing a new Catholic middle school.