First Community Forum on School Bond Construction Scheduled for October 4

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5:26 pm
By: 
Karessa Wheeler

East Lansing Public Schools has scheduled the first Community Forum on its bond construction projects. The forum will be held to discuss planned renovations to the now-closed Red Cedar Elementary School which will house first Glencairn Elementary and then the population of other elementary schools as they go through the demolition and reconstruction phases.

The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday October 4 in the library at MacDonald Middle School.

Gail Gillengarten, assistant to Superintendent Dori Leyko, said the format of the forum has yet to be determined. Leyko is out of town this week on a conference.

In previous discussions with the Board of Education, Leyko had indicated that the forums would be a chance for residents and parents to give their input into the decisions being made for the renovations and construction projects, including the future site layout for Red Cedar.

“It will allow community members input and feedback,” she said.

Red Cedar is slated to undergo extensive renovations starting in February 2018 and finishing in time for the fall 2018 school year to begin.

At the Sept. 11 School Board meeting, Leyko listed renovations to be made at Red Cedar, including mechanical, plumbing and fixtures, kitchen, offices, roofing, siding, windows and doors. They are also going to replace some flooring, and upgrade the fire protection and electrical systems. Finally, they plan to relocate and supplement the playground and change the bus loop/pickup areas.

Following the renovations, Red Cedar will house Glencairn Elementary students for the 2018-19 school year because Glencairn’s physical site is too small to retain the current school site while a new school is being constructed.

Meanwhile, Donley Elementary will also be reconstructed during the 2018-19 school year but students and faculty will remain in their current building as construction takes place elsewhere on the property.

In addition, the Board has made public the dates for the ongoing meetings of the Bond Work Group. A group of residents, parents, educators and professionals, this committee advises the administration on the way to spend the $93.7 million elementary school construction bond passed last spring.

They meet every other week from 10 a.m. – noon in the East Lansing High School Hub, including:

  • Sept. 21
  • Oct. 5
  • Oct. 19
  • Nov. 2
  • Nov. 16
  • Nov. 30
  • Dec. 14.

All meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment.