School Board Approves 2019-20 School of Choice Numbers

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8:27 am
Karessa Wheeler

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East Lansing’s Board of Education has approved 95 spots for new School of Choice students for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.

The elementary slots are as follows:

  • Kindergarten: 18 (including DK)
  • First Grade: 12
  • Second Grade: 8
  • Third Grade: 18
  • Fourth Grade: 22
  • Fifth Grade: 4

Mac Donald Middle School will have 6 slots open, two each at the 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels. East Lansing High School has 7 spots open for the 9th grade but no open slots for 10th, 11th and12th grades.

The number of openings was approved unanimously with no comment from the Board or the public.

The numbers of Schools of Choice slots has been steadily falling for the last five years. For 2015-16, there were 220 slots but only 159 were filled. In 2016-17, there were 128 slots.

In 2017-18, Dori Leyko’s first year as Superintendent, she asked the Board to approve 84 slots. The next year (this year) the Board approved 82 slots.

According to a memo from Leyko to the Board, the current 95 slots “represents the addition of two slots at each middle school grade to accommodate siblings of current or prospective Schools of Choice students.”

Siblings of current Schools of Choice students will be given preference for the open slots. Families can apply for an open spot from June 3-17, with a lottery taking place on June 20. Families will be notified by July 1. For more information on Schools of Choice procedure, go to

In other business at the Board Monday:

  • East Lansing High School sophomore Sydney Greenway and Elise Kanefsky presented a report on Student-Led Professional Learning for Teachers. The two are members of Student for Gender Equity who worked with the high school administration to organize and undertake professional development sessions for high school teachers in the areas of gender (including LBGTQ issues), race, mental health and other topics.
  • East Lansing High School Principal Andy Wells presented a report on the high school including the racial makeup of the student body, discipline reports, test results and other data.



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