Glencairn Elementary Construction Forum Today, Donley Forum Next Week

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:36 am
By: 
Karessa Wheeler

Above: Donley (l) and Glencairn Elementary Schools

East Lansing residents and parents will get their first glimpse of plans for the new Glencairn Elementary School today.

From 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., East Lansing Public Schools administration will be on hand at the Glencairn Elementary Gym to share their building design and site plans, and to gather community input on the new school scheduled to be constructed in 2019.

This is the last year students will attend the current school. Next year, the population of Glencairn will be housed in the now-closed Red Cedar Elementary School while Glencairn is demolished and rebuilt.

Renovations at Red Cedar began this month. According to School Superintendent Dori Leyko, interior work has started but the District hopes to have a “groundbreaking” ceremony to mark the start of exterior work at the school.

There will be a similar forum for Donley Elementary school at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the Donley Elementary Library. Because of the space available at Donley, students, faculty and staff will be able to remain in their current school while the new Donley Elementary is built on the same lot.

District administrators have not yet determined the order of the remaining school reconstruction projects but parent and former board candidate Todd Swales asked at a recent Board of Education meeting that the District and the Board of Education consider Pinecrest Elementary School as the third in line for reconstruction.

“The sheer number of students at Pinecrest is a very obvious size discrepancy,” Swales said, citing the current population at 405 students (not counting preschoolers). “We have the opportunity to affect the most students by moving Pinecrest to number three at least.”

Also slated for reconstruction are Marble and Whitehills elementary schools.