Next Construction Forum on Red Cedar Scheduled for Nov. 9

Monday, October 23, 2017, 2:29 pm
Karessa Wheeler

Residents and parents will have another chance on Nov. 9 to give East Lansing Public Schools their feedback on renovations at the now-closed Red Cedar Elementary School.

Those who attended the previous forum will also get a chance to see how the District’s administration implemented their suggestions.

“At this second forum, we will share the outcomes of the Red Cedar discussions and either the changes that have been made to the plans or the rationale for not incorporating some of the suggestions,” wrote Superintendent Dori Leyko

On Oct. 4, around 30 people attended the first forum at the MacDonald Middle School library. During the forum, Leyko presented preliminary site plans created by GMB Architects who have been contracted to design updates to the school. Her PowerPoint presentation is now available here.

Those present at the first forum had requested that the District ensure bike racks and bike and pedestrian friendly transportation plans for the school, which is slated to open next fall as a temporary home for the population of Glencairn Elementary. Construction at Red Cedar should start in February, 2018.

Red Cedar will continue to house schools as they are demolished and rebuilt over the next few years, and then reopen as an early childhood education school.

Other requests for the renovations included better storm water drainage, renewable energy options, reusable trays in the cafeteria and better student drop-off/pick-up locations.

The forum will be held 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the MacDonald Middle School library. If you have questions, you may contact Leyko at (517) 333-7424 or