East Lansing Schools

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.

Lead in Glencairn Elementary Faucet Causes Concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Photo of Glencairn Elementary School, courtesy East Lansing Public Schools

The Flint Water Crisis has led to elevated awareness in Michigan—and around the nation—about lead exposure and lead poisoning. Today, a letter sent home by East Lansing Public School’s superintendent Robyne Thompson is contributing to local concern. Here we report on the letter (view it here) and also cover some of what you might want to know about lead.

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.”

Re-opening of Red Cedar Elementary will be focus of a financial advisory committee study

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The East Lansing Board of Education, in response to concerns about the uncertainty of costs associated with reopening Red Cedar Elementary School, has created a financial advisory committee to be made up of citizens with expertise in educational finances.

The creation of the Financial Advisory Committee was moved by Board member Karen Hoehne and seconded by Kath Edsall. It passed five to two, with Board members Hillary Henderson and Kate Powers voting against it.

ELHS Students Plan Costa Rica Service Trip

Monday, January 4, 2016

Photo courtesy of Global Doing Good.

This summer, a group of East Lansing High School Spanish students will be travelling to the Central American country of Costa Rica on a service trip.

The eight-day excursion will be taken by 30 students in various grades at ELHS, and will have a main goal of constructing a house for a local family in the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica. Students plan to fundraise together, as well as individually, for both the travel and the construction, over $2,200 per student in total.

New Organization Works to Create "a Better East Lansing"

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Image: Keith Hagen, East Lansing Forward Project

East Lansing Forward was created by a group of community members who came together to discuss issues and opportunities that were facing East Lansing and how they could be improved.

“We all want a better East Lansing,” said Keith Hagen, East Lansing Forward Project Coordinator.

Red Cedar Decision Stirs Strong Feelings in Community

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The ripples of East Lansing Board of Education’s decision to re-open Red Cedar Elementary next fall are being felt throughout the community.

The Board now has eight months to figure out the costs, staffing and student population for Red Cedar. Several Board members expressed their concern about the cost of the plan, and indicated they are prepared to change the opening date if it becomes fiscally difficult to reopen by the fall.

Girl Scout Troop Holds Holiday Sale at Marble Elementary

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lilla Wilkinson shows off some of the crafts she has made for the Girl Scout Holiday Sale.

The holiday sale is where 3rd grade Girl Scouts are selling homemade crafts for under $4! It will happen on Tuesday the 15th after school until 7:00PM and it will also be happening on Wednesday the 16th at 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the last day is Thursday the 17th  at 8:00AM to 8:45AM.

EL Board Votes 5-2 to Reopen Red Cedar

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

With a standing-room only crowd and public comment that lasted several hours, the East Lansing Board of Education voted 5-2 on Monday night to re-open Red Cedar Elementary School in less than a year as a STEAM school for all grades.

East Lansing Board of Education to discuss reopening Red Cedar Elementary School tonight

Monday, December 14, 2015


Red Cedar Elementary

The East Lansing Board of Education is poised to approve a motion to reopen Red Cedar Elementary School as a preschool – grade 5 STEAM school at their regular monthly meeting tonight (7 p.m. Monday Dec. 14)

The board’s Committee for Educational Programming has been meeting since October to discuss “initiating innovative educational programming at Red Cedar and Donley Elementary Schools.”

ELPS Finance Director Reports unexpected Increase in Student Count

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Present: Superintendent Robyne Thompson, Kate Powers, Nell Kuhnmuench, Kath Edsall, Karen Hoene, Hillary Henderson.

Absent: Yasmina Bouraoui, Erin Graham.

East Lansing Public Schools’ student body has continued to grow this year but for only the fourth time in 25 years, its residential population grew as well as its out-of-district students.