Schools of choice: Change & challenge

It’s been about two decades since Michigan adopted Schools of Choice. The program is one of several responses to funding and quality issues. See how Schools of Choice decisions are made in Ingham County, and how choices over 20 years have affected the county’s 12 public school districts.

Lansing community seeks initiatives to promote school safety

The Lansing Community is implementing new ways to promote safety within their school districts. With recent headlines involving mass school shootings and gun violence, students, parents and faculty members would like to see changes within their communities. Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth said Lansing is taking a stand on gun violence to promote a safer community for children. “So one of the things we instituted after the Parkland shooting in Florida is the ‘Sheriff Safer School Initiative’,” said Wriggelsworth. “What that really revolves around is having our deputies carve out an hour or two out of their workweek to spend in a school that they’re assigned.

LuAnn Meisner wins Commitment to Excellence Award

On a night where many residents from the area had come to express their concerns with the Township board, the board meeting was filled to capacity, but the meeting started on a positive note. In a room filled with Meridian Township residents LuAnn Maisner stood out in her yellow blazer as she accepted Meridian Township’s Commitment to Excellence Award. Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks) president, Brett Kaschinske began Meridian Township’s board meeting on Tuesday, March 17 by presenting the Commitment to Excellence Award to Meridian Township’s Director of Parks and Recreation, LuAnn Maisner. Kaschinske said her high levels of success were deserving of the award. “You have the trails, and parks mileage that you have you have expanded, and done so much for the community,” Kaschinske said.

Meridian Township is waiving building permit fees

The Red Cedar flooded over 300 homes, said the City of Lansing, and the damage caused by the flood demands reconstruction. On Feb. 22 the Red Cedar River flooded as rain poured down for multiple days, and large amounts of snow melted into the river. The precipitation and snowmelt caused over 10 inches of flooding in neighboring areas of the river. To help residents, the Meridian Township board has elected to waive the building permit fees for homes largely affected by flood damage.

Diversity, over test scores, attracts parents to Lansing schools

In the Lansing school district, 75 percent of the student body is made up of minorities, according to the 2017-2018 Racial Census Report from the Michigan Department of Education. On the outside, this diversity has allegedly been the reason for low test scores and low graduation rates. Those who look deeper, however, see the importance of immersing children in a diverse, communal environment at a young age.