Donley and Glencairn will be First Schools Rebuilt Under Construction Bond

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 2:34 pm
By: 
Karessa Wheeler

Above: Donley (l) and Glencairn Elementary Schools

Glencairn and Donley will be the first elementary schools to be rebuilt under the new construction bonds approved by voters this May.

Acting Superintendent Dori Leyko told the East Lansing Board of Education Monday night that the administration has decided the first round of construction. This fall, work will begin on renovations at the currently closed Red Cedar Elementary. Those are expected to be completed by spring 2018.

Then in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, work will begin on constructing the new Donley Elementary on the same site as the current school. Students at Donley will continue to attend the old school while the new school is being built.

Meanwhile, because of the lack of space at the Glencairn site, the current school must be demolished before new construction can begin in the same space. This means that the entire school staff and students will be moved into the newly renovated Red Cedar Elementary school for the 2018-19 school year.

Leyko said the order of the remaining new school construction at Whitehills, Pinecrest and Marble will be decided by the spring of 2018. All construction is expected to be completed by spring 2021.

On May 2, voters approved a $93.77 million bond millage to renovate Red Cedar, and rebuild Marble, Glencairn, Pinecrest, Donley and Whitehills elementary schools.

When complete, East Lansing will be returned to a six elementary school system. Decisions on who will attend Red Cedar have not yet been made.