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The Spirit of Valentine in East Lansing, Part II

Sunday, February 14, 2016
This is the second part of a feature on Valentine's Day in East Lansing. In case you missed it, Part I is right here.



 Ellie, age 8 and in 3rd grade at Donley, summed it up succinctly when she said “Valentine’s Day is about love.”

The Spirit of Valentine in East Lansing, Part I

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day: A holiday that can evoke anything from joy and love to fear and loathing, depending on one’s relationship status and overall level of curmudgeonry.  Some readers may be tempted to argue the holiday’s origins or its status as a day dedicated to the commercialization of affection, but set those ideas aside to join ELi as we explore what people—in particular, young people--in town think about and plan for Valentine’s Day.

Your ELi: Bringing Information About Mental Health Resources to the Community

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two student deaths at East Lansing High School in the course of a month have saddened many in the community. At ELi, we feel the impact not only as East Lansing residents but as parents; my son only recently left our public schools and Publisher Alice Dreger’s son is still a student at ELHS. One of our reporters, Danny Kaplowitz, is himself a student at ELHS, and our board Vice President, Vic Loomis, is a graduate of ELHS and has children at the school. I could go on and on with this list.

East Lansing School Board Suspends Efforts to Re-Open Red Cedar for 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

The East Lansing Board of Education voted tonight to rescind its December motion to reopen Red Cedar Elementary School as a pre-K through 5th grade for the fall of 2016.

Instead, they have agreed to create a panel of “teacher leaders” with at least one community member to study the feasibility of putting pre-kindergarten programming at the closed south side school.

ELPS Board of Education to Vote on Rescinding Red Cedar Reopening Plan

Friday, February 5, 2016

The East Lansing Board of Education will vote Monday whether to pull back on the planned reopening of Red Cedar Elementary School, and create a pair of “teacher leader” panels to study future programming in the District.

The Board agenda, released Friday afternoon, includes as the top agenda item:

Two Deaths in One Month Rocks ELHS, Community

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Two East Lansing High School students have died in the space of a month. Both were young women: freshman Sydney E. Zaban on January 13 and Olivia Amy Nokken on February 2.

ELHS Principal Coby Fletcher contacted ELHS parents following both deaths; both letters state that a student died, express condolences and indicate that ELHS staff is prepared to provide support to students.

Lead Persists at Glencairn School Despite Fix

Thursday, February 4, 2016

East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Superintendent Robyne Thompson notified parents yesterday that in spite of replacement of plumbing suspected of leaching lead at Glencairn Elementary School, water coming to one sink is still testing positive for high levels of lead.

ELPS Board Considers an End to K-5 Programming at Glencairn Elementary School

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


East Lansing’s Board of Education may be considering moving the entire Glencairn Elementary School – students and staff – into the Red Cedar Elementary School building.

Glencairn could conceivably become a preschool and Headstart school for the ELPS District.

Board President Nell Kuhnmuench called the sudden change in direction “an exciting recommendation and a very, very positive compromise.”

Red Cedar Finances on Agenda for Tonight's ELPS Board Work Session

Monday, February 1, 2016


Tonight’s Board of Education work session is the first chance for the seven trustees to discuss specific financing for the reopening of Red Cedar Elementary. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held on the lower level of East Lansing High School

The issue continues to be divisive, and Trustee Kath Edsall issued an apology last week for comments published last Tuesday, here:

Board moves forward with budget for Red Cedar reopening this fall

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The East Lansing School Board heard hours of testimony from parents, teachers and community members Monday night before approving a $564,000 budget allocation to begin the process of reopening Red Cedar Elementary school as a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) school this fall. The Board also passed an amendment stating that any expenditures for Red Cedar would have to be approved by the BOE before that money is actually spent.

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.