East Lansing Schools

ELPS Board Considers an End to K-5 Programming at Glencairn Elementary School

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


East Lansing’s Board of Education may be considering moving the entire Glencairn Elementary School – students and staff – into the Red Cedar Elementary School building.

Glencairn could conceivably become a preschool and Headstart school for the ELPS District.

Board President Nell Kuhnmuench called the sudden change in direction “an exciting recommendation and a very, very positive compromise.”

Red Cedar Finances on Agenda for Tonight's ELPS Board Work Session

Monday, February 1, 2016


Tonight’s Board of Education work session is the first chance for the seven trustees to discuss specific financing for the reopening of Red Cedar Elementary. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held on the lower level of East Lansing High School

The issue continues to be divisive, and Trustee Kath Edsall issued an apology last week for comments published last Tuesday, here:

Board moves forward with budget for Red Cedar reopening this fall

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The East Lansing School Board heard hours of testimony from parents, teachers and community members Monday night before approving a $564,000 budget allocation to begin the process of reopening Red Cedar Elementary school as a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) school this fall. The Board also passed an amendment stating that any expenditures for Red Cedar would have to be approved by the BOE before that money is actually spent.

Leading Supporters of Re-Opening Red Cedar Explain Reasons

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

They have generally been less vocal than opponents at recent East Lansing School Board meetings and heated social media discussions, but there are numerous supporters of the movement to reopen Red Cedar Elementary as a pre-K-5 school this coming fall. ELi asked local leaders among them to share their reasoning. We relay here the comments of four East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Board members, East Lansing’s Mayor Pro Tem, and a former member of City Council who is a member of the Red Cedar neighborhood.

Timeline for Red Cedar School Re-Opening Released

Thursday, January 21, 2016

On Tuesday, East Lansing Public Schools administration released a timeline for the reopening of Red Cedar Elementary School. The planned schedule indicates that decision-makers will decide within the next week where the students will come from to populate the K-5 classrooms.

This schedule does not ease the concerns of two East Lansing Board of Education members who still feel the process is moving way too quickly.

Lead in Glencairn Elementary Faucet Causes Concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Photo of Glencairn Elementary School, courtesy East Lansing Public Schools

The Flint Water Crisis has led to elevated awareness in Michigan—and around the nation—about lead exposure and lead poisoning. Today, a letter sent home by East Lansing Public School’s superintendent Robyne Thompson is contributing to local concern. Here we report on the letter (view it here) and also cover some of what you might want to know about lead.

EL School Board Hears Complaints about Middle School Traffic

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The traffic situation at MacDonald Middle School is creating a dangerous situation for students, a parent told the East Lansing Board of Education Monday night.

Patty Bonito, parent of a sixth-grader, spoke on behalf of the MacDonald Middle School’s Parent Council, and asked the Board to help them address the problems arising from the glut of vehicles during the pick-up and drop-off times at the school.

“It is a phenomenon. It’s out of control,” Bonito said. “It is dangerous to students, a danger to crossing guards and to parents volunteering to direct traffic.”

Re-opening of Red Cedar Elementary will be focus of a financial advisory committee study

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The East Lansing Board of Education, in response to concerns about the uncertainty of costs associated with reopening Red Cedar Elementary School, has created a financial advisory committee to be made up of citizens with expertise in educational finances.

The creation of the Financial Advisory Committee was moved by Board member Karen Hoehne and seconded by Kath Edsall. It passed five to two, with Board members Hillary Henderson and Kate Powers voting against it.

ELHS Students Plan Costa Rica Service Trip

Monday, January 4, 2016

Photo courtesy of Global Doing Good.

This summer, a group of East Lansing High School Spanish students will be travelling to the Central American country of Costa Rica on a service trip.

The eight-day excursion will be taken by 30 students in various grades at ELHS, and will have a main goal of constructing a house for a local family in the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica. Students plan to fundraise together, as well as individually, for both the travel and the construction, over $2,200 per student in total.

New Organization Works to Create "a Better East Lansing"

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Image: Keith Hagen, East Lansing Forward Project

East Lansing Forward was created by a group of community members who came together to discuss issues and opportunities that were facing East Lansing and how they could be improved.

“We all want a better East Lansing,” said Keith Hagen, East Lansing Forward Project Coordinator.

Red Cedar Decision Stirs Strong Feelings in Community

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The ripples of East Lansing Board of Education’s decision to re-open Red Cedar Elementary next fall are being felt throughout the community.

The Board now has eight months to figure out the costs, staffing and student population for Red Cedar. Several Board members expressed their concern about the cost of the plan, and indicated they are prepared to change the opening date if it becomes fiscally difficult to reopen by the fall.

Girl Scout Troop Holds Holiday Sale at Marble Elementary

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lilla Wilkinson shows off some of the crafts she has made for the Girl Scout Holiday Sale.

The holiday sale is where 3rd grade Girl Scouts are selling homemade crafts for under $4! It will happen on Tuesday the 15th after school until 7:00PM and it will also be happening on Wednesday the 16th at 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the last day is Thursday the 17th  at 8:00AM to 8:45AM.