By Seth Kinker
Grand Ledge Gazette
Grand Ledge – This past May, there was a bond proposal from Grand Ledge schools that among other things would have improved infrastructure, buses and technology.
Although the bond proposal was then denied there was an approval of technology purchases on the agenda at the most recent board of education meeting that would have been included in the bond.
“I was the one who proposed the purchases,” said Mark Deschaine, Directory of Technology for Grand Ledge schools. “It encompassed five small technology projects.”
This project not only included an increasing number of iPads for an increasing amount of first graders, but new technology for the teachers as well.
“Along with that (new iPads for the students) we have iPads managed by the teachers not the district,” said Deschaine. “We needed to add a few more MacBook Pros to manage iPads.”
Is the ever-increasing presence of technology in the educational environment a good or bad thing? Brody Boucher, president of the school board who approved the technology purchases, said: “As we move forward as a society, a proficiency in the use of technology to achieve goals is becoming more commonplace. To be able to stay current with things such as textbooks, technology is the way to go.”
One common argument from opponents of technology in the educational environment is the distractions in brings.
“You can certainly try to mitigate some of that through policies and such,” said Boucher. “My converse to that is if you’re sitting at home reading a textbook book what stops you from turning on the TV and watching Sportscenter for ten minutes as well? There has to be a strategy.”
Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program
Contact Phone (Grand Ledge United Methodist Church): 517-627-3256
The Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program is a collaborative service for citizens of Grand Ledge. The Advisory Board is made up of representatives from the Grand Ledge school district, local churches and the local government. This program also works together with the Grand Ledge Food Bank to help people.
“This program is to help prevent homelessness in the community. Clients that live in the Grand Ledge school district can apply for help with eviction and utility expenses. In the existence of the program, there have been 400 participating families. The program is funded fully by donations.” -Deb Nichols, Grand Ledge United Methodist Church Secretary
327 Harrison Street, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Open 2:30pm-5:00pm, Monday through Friday
Jay Miller, Director
“We run drug and alcohol prevention programs with a community wide approach. Kids come after school to hang out, do homework and eat snacks. Roughly eight to ten kids come each day.” -Jay Miller, YES Director
Grand Ledge Area District Library
Main Branch: 131 E. Jefferson Street, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Main Branch Phone: 517-627-7014
Main Branch Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 p
Wacousta Branch: 13080 Wacousta Road, Suite D, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Wacousta Branch Phone: 517-626-6577
Wacousta Branch Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 3 pm – 7 pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
Friday & Sunday Closed
“We have two branches, our main branch and our Wacousta branch. Our main branch is roughly 7,000 sq. ft. and we have a collection of nearly 50,000 items. We offer programs throughout the week like story time, after school activities and programs for adults.” -Lise Mitchell, Grand Ledge Area District Library Director
E River St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Jaycee Park is located right off S. Bridge street and has the makings of a perfect afternoon at the park. The park has basketball courts, a pavilion, grills, swings and a play structure for children.
W Front St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Oak Park is the location of the famous ledges in Grand Ledge and although the picture does not show, there is a path that leads to the ledges where many are known to come from afar to climb the ledges.
Grand Ledge High School
820 Spring Street, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
School Hours (Monday-Friday): 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Office Hours 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Main Phone: (517) 925-5815, Student Services: (517) 925-5900, Attendance Phone: (517) 925-5818, Fax: (517) 925-5829
Grand Ledge High School is the High School serving the city of Grand Ledge. The school is fed from one middle school, four elementary schools and one kindergarten center. The school is known for its academics, fine arts and athletics.
11041 Oneida Rd., Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Cemetery Hours: Monday though Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oakwood Cemetery is owned by the City of Grand Ledge and is governed by the Board of Cemetery trustees. It was founded on less than an acre of land in 1856 by the Grand Ledge Burying Ground Association. The cemetery is now close to 20 acres of land, and holds memorials for those who lost their lives in the Civil War, World War I and World War II.
Hayes Middle School
12620 Nixon Rd., Grand Ledge, MI 48827
School Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Hayes Middle School, which serves the Grand Ledge community, offers a nurturing environment for all 7th and 8th graders that walk through it’s doors. One of the main foundations of the school, Comet P.R.I.D.E., encourages students to “be Positive” and “Respectful”, “have Integrity” and “Determination” and to “give our best Effort.”
“[P.R.I.D.E] is our positive behavior system that we have throughout the school,” said Ken Wright, the interim vice principal for Hayes Middle School. “We teach kids the way that they’re supposed to behave, our expectations that we have, and we reenforce the good behaviors… The big part here is that we teach them how you should be acting when you’re in the hallways, how you should be acting when you’re in the cafeteria or class… and we believe that that carries over into other areas of our community. So when [the students are] leaving here, they’re going out and they are still understanding those general ways of behaving, [and] we think that has an impact on the community.”
133 Fitzgerald Park Dr., Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Park Hours: Every day, 8:00 a.m. to dusk.
Daily Motor Vehicle entrance fee: $3 resident or $5 non-resident.
Home to Grand Ledge’s famous sedimentary rock “ledges,” Fitzgerald Park is a hidden gem of the community. Boasting a playground, baseball field, basketball court, bike path, an 18-hole disk golf course, various hiking trails, a sledding hill in the winter and several shaded areas to rent, this park can provide fun for the whole family.
“You can go forward in time or back in time [at this park],” said Jackie Blanc, who is the Naturalist and Operations Manager for Eaton County Parks. “Some of these ledges themselves are 250 million years old like the dinosaurs during the Pennsylvanian time period.”