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EL Parents Urge Board to Take More Action on Lead

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There is lead in the water of the drinking fountain in Shane Johnson’s fifth grade classroom at Marble Elementary School. But because the level of lead – 5 parts per billion - does not reach the “action level” of 15 parts per billion, the fountain is still in use by children every day.

128 Schools of Choice slots approved for 2016-17 school year

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


The East Lansing Board of Education Monday approved opening up 128 slots for new Schools of Choice students for the 2016-2017 school year. There are currently 3,620 students enrolled in the East Lansing Public Schools. Of those, 829 (about 23%) are Schools of Choice students.

School of Choice decision to be made tonight

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tonight, the East Lansing Board of Education will vote on whether to increase the Schools of Choice openings by 128 students. These new openings include 30 in kindergarten, 30 for first grade, 15 for third grade, 21 for fourth grade, 19 for 5th grade and 13 for seventh grade. No slots are being proposed for grades 2, 6 or 8-12.

In a memo to the Board, School Superintendent Robyne Thompson noted that East Lansing has participated in the Schools of Choice program since its inception in 1996.

31 faucets with high lead levels found in East Lansing schools

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Image: ELPS Superintendent Robyne Thompson

The latest round of water testing in East Lansing Public Schools has found 31 faucets with lead levels that exceeded the federal action levels. All have been shut off and none were used as drinking water sources.

East Lansing Schools Release Proposed Schools of Choice numbers

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


East Lansing school administrators are proposing a reduced number of Schools of Choice slots for the 2016-17 school year.

In a memo to the Board of Education released Monday, ELPS Finance Director Rich Pugh is suggesting the District open 129 total slots to new Schools of Choice students.

The Board had approved 220 slots last year and ended up with 159 Schools of Choice students.

ELPS Board Approves Lead Testing at All East Lansing Public Schools

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

East Lansing Board of Education approved testing for lead in all of its buildings last night, with the added hope that the contractor will discover the cause of discolored water in MacDonald Middle School.

The Trustees unanimously approved a contract for $26,200 to Materials Testing Consultants Inc. to test all the drinking water throughout the eight school buildings – a total of 613 sites. Each site will be tested twice, with additional testing possible pending the results, Financial Director Rich Pugh told the Board.

ELPS Board votes on outside sex ed vendors, Social Media Rules for District Employees

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Outside vendors are again allowed to present sex education programs at East Lansing schools. The Board of Education Monday night rescinded their earlier motion banning anyone not employed by the School District from being a part of the sex education classes.

The vote was unanimous and there was no discussion on the issue by the Board.

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.

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.”

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