Ask ELi: Will the New Schools Be Done in Time?

Monday, August 19, 2019, 10:50 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

Photos by Jim Pivarnik.

People around town have been noting progress on the new Donley and Glencairn Elementary Schools, being constructed with funds from a $94 million bond narrowly approved by voters in May 2017.

An ELi reader wrote in on Friday to ask: "The start of the school year is rapidly approaching. Have watched the construction progress over the last year, but have concerns as to the completion dates. Will the new elementary schools be ready for the first day of school?"

East Lansing Public Schools Superintendent Dori Leyko says: “Absolutely, the new schools will be ready for the first day of school!”

Leyko tells ELi, “There will be some cosmetic finishes that will be completed in the evenings and weekends this fall, such as the exterior metal wall panels that will cover the insulation, but both schools will be open for students next Tuesday!”

Teachers are already moving in material for their classes at the schools.

Next up for demolition and reconstruction are Pinecrest and Whitehills Elementary Schools. During this coming school year, the population of Pinecrest will go to Red Cedar and the population of Whitehills will use the old Donley school. (The old Donley will be demolished when it is no longer needed.)

Marble Elementary School is scheduled to be demolished and reconstructed during the 2020-2021 school year. Tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 20) from 6-7 p.m. there will be a public forum in the Marble media center that will provide a chance for community members to provide input about the design. The meeting is open to all.

Today we bring you recent photos here of Donley and Glencairn contributed to ELi by photographer Jim Pivarnik.

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