By Irum Ibrahim
Entirely East Lansing
In Tuesday’s East Lansing School Board election, a referendum on the closing of Red Cedar Elementary, two of four seats were won by candidates who had spoken out against the closing. There were eight candidates in the race: Joe Borgstrom, Yasmina Bouraoui, David Gott, Kyle Guerrant, Karen Hoene, Neil Kuhnmuench, Kate Powers and Jeffrey C. Wray.
The winners included Powers with 3,919 votes, Hoene with 3,703, Bouraoui with 3,681 and Kuhnmuench with 3,641. Of the four winners, Hoene and Kuhnmuench announced that they did not support the closing of Red Cedar Elementary and were open to programming events in the school.
Additionally, candidate Wray was not in support of the closing either. He said that ramifications of the decision are still being seen, specifically in a difficulty to move forward.
“Now, the question is, how do you bring a community together that is divided amongst the educated? It must include some kind of remedy involving Red Cedar,” said Wray.