Three years ago the Holt Public Schools made a building switch and had the seniors move from the high school main campus building over to what used to be the ninth grade campus building across the street, referred to now as the North Campus building. This change in buildings became notoriously known as “the switch.” According to Holt High School Principle Michael Willard, the campus switch caused a lot of distrust from the community, and made people question a lot of other policies and rules set in place by the school. Time has given way for the rearranging to settle down and become the norm for the current Holt senior students and staff. “Three years later and our data from surveys and focus groups indicates that the students love the new configuration of our high school, and the teachers support the change,” said Holt Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hornak.
Delhi Township Supervisor John Hayhoe leaned back in his chair at Tim Horton’s gazing out the window listing off the positives of Delhi Township and Holt when he came to a mid-thought remembrance. “The one thing we do have that’s a nice draw is Holt Schools,” Hayhoe said. “People actually move in to Holt so their kids can go to the local schools.”
Holt High School stands alone in what appears to be an old field. It’s a sprawling structure of brown brick and slanted roofs, reminiscent of multiple supermarkets placed next to each other. After what Hayhoe labeled as a “tough bill to pass” the bonds were sold through a millage and construction began in 2000 and concluded for the start of the 2003 school year.
Free lunch programs provide meals for students in need, as well as help provide funding for the school. Bath, Dansville, DeWitt, and Holt Public Schools share similarities in their programs including how they’re reimbursed and how to sign up for the program. “There is a big need for kids to eat a free meal, at least in our district,” said Cathy Zeeb, the food service director for the Bath District Public Schools
“That might be the only meal they get to eat all day long, it’s necessary,” she said. Chris Salmon, Food Service Director for Dansville and Mason public schools, echoed Zeeb’s statement, and added another reason why the programs are important. “The program is important because it give the kids a well balanced lunch, but it also helps fund itself and help with other funding,” Salmon said.
By Katie Dudlets
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter
In Michigan, the number of students in schools of choice increased from 66,560 in 2005-06 to 115,209 in 2012-13, an upsurge of 73 percent. Schools of choice enrollment also made up a larger percentage of the state’s overall student population, rising from 3.7 percent of 1.8 million students in 2005-06, to 7.1 percent of 1.6 million students in 2012-13. Administrators in Meridian Township are seeing a similar trend. “We do have many students that are interested and go ahead and make applications for schools of choice for Haslett [High School], and not only Haslett, but for Haslett Public Schools,” said Haslett High School Principal Bart Wegenke. “I think we’re probably about 18 to 20 percent schools of choice [students] for this district.”
According to Joshua Cowen, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, this increase in the program’s popularity is not only a trend in Michigan, but in the nation as well.
HASLETT — The Haslett High School girls basketball team has been on fire for the last two seasons. With this season coming to an end due to a crucial loss to East Lansing High in the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings kept their heads up high as they look to improve and become a team to be highly-scouted. With all of their success, the Vikings have made a statement as to how girls basketball is just as important and entertaining as boys basketball. Coach Robert Currier believes his girls received a great amount of attention from the community and doesnt think things would be different if it were the boys basketball team. “Our community shows so much support for our team,” said Currier.
By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
BATH — Bath High School has a graduation rate of 87 percent with about 70 percent of those graduates moving on to college, according to Bath High School Principal Matt Dodson. When looking at post-high school life, there are a few options students can look into. If they obtained adequate American College Testing (ACT) scores and were able to earn a sufficient grade-point average (GPA), their first choice may be to attend a college or university, but it takes more than good scores to be prepared for the collegiate environment. “We have a state-approved computer science program and our computer science courses are articulated with Lansing Community College (LCC), so our students get college credit for their high school courses,” said Dodson. “We also run a media production course.”
“All of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes and Automated Accounting are articulated to LCC,” said Bath Computer Teacher Gloria Bond. “That means that students who take these classes as a junior or senior and earn an 80 percent get credit for the classes at LCC.
By Rachael Daniel
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter
Alternative forms of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” and also herbal vaporizer pens have become increasingly popular among smokers as a way to step away from the traditional cigarette, but according to senior Taylor McCrackin, the revolution has made its way to Grand Ledge High School. According to McCrackin, students are not just using them outside and around the school, but e-cigarettes are making appearances inside the classroom as well. “I’ve definitely seen people in class smoking. It’s not frequent, but I’ve seen it,” McCrackin said. Senior Deb VanDeVusse has first-hand experience with the issue.
By Cynthia Lee
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter
The Preuss Pet store has been active for 30 years, offering a wide selection of marine and fresh water animals, small animals like gerbils, ferrets, guinea pigs, and a large variety of reptiles. The store also offers more than the chance to adopt an animal, but to learn about them as well. The pet store has a education department collaborating with schools with science fun day, as well going to school classrooms to expose students to live animals. “The educational services Preuss Pets offers a way of bringing fresh faces to Old Town,” said Austin Ashley, who is the community director of Old Town Commercial Association. Ashley added, “They offer educating the community on animals and their well-being.
By Sheryl Levitt
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
According to the Lansing School District’s enrollment report, 1,917 students from Lansing are attending local charter schools. It’s a number that seems to keep growing, at the expense of Lansing’s public school enrollment. Enrollment in the Lansing School District is continually declining. Over the last five years, enrollment numbers have decreased from 13,399 to 11,695 students. This means the district has experienced a total loss of 1,704 students.
By Paige Wester
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter
As the school year started in September, concern grew throughout the city of Grand Ledge due to the loss of teachers and the lack of funding from the previous year. Since last year, 19 teachers in Grand Ledge have left the district and 12 of those teachers retired. Molly Markel, a Grand Ledge resident and also a parent in the school district, said that her concern for her kids’ proper education is growing more and more. “I know that my daughter had substitute teachers to start off her sophomore year because there was a shortage of teachers,” said Markel. “It concerns me that I have to question if my children are getting the education they deserve.”
Markel, who has two kids in the Grand Ledge School District, said she and many other parents are desperate to see a change with funding throughout the schools.