By Daniele Owens
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
Citizens of East Lansing pleaded to the school board Wednesday night to keep their neighborhood schools open.
The room packed with parents, grandparents, expectant parents and residents that live in the area; they each took turns explaining to the school board why they should keep the neighborhood schools open.
Many residents would like for the school board to choose Option C of the K-8 Reconfiguration possibilities. Option C involves renovations to the K-8 facilities. Some residents felt that by choosing Option C, not only are the kids going be in a technology and updated school environment, the city can keep its historical feel while defeating the stem of a disposable culture.
“I live eight blocks away from Glencarin Elementary school,” said Bob Fish, resident of the city and father of one child.
“It’s a great joy to live here … it’s a unique piece of Americana and it’s not offered anywhere else. I will do everything in my power to keep the schools open.”
Another resident, Ashley Brown just moved in East Lansing and is expecting to have kids soon. She said that she chose this city because of the location, the education, the property values and close friends that she has made so far.
“If you take away the neighborhood schools, you are damaging the community.”
Gary Shiron, a father that lives near Whitehills Elementary School, said that East Lansing has a tangible sense of place and is extremely fortunate to live in this community.
“People want what we have and it’s rare,” he said. “They pray for it. Please support our neighborhood schools.”
Rima Addiego, the president of the school board, was pleased to hear what the citizens had to say.
“I was worried about people being out of town or on vacation, but it is excellent to have public comment,” she said.
On August 17, there will be an open meeting to talk about the K-8 facilities in further detail. The meeting will be located at the Administration Building in the Board Room at 841 Timberlane, East Lansing, MI, 48823. It will start promptly at 5:30 pm.
The school board is planning to have a decision made by Sept. 26. Addeigo said that she is confident that the school board will agree on what is best for the community, the students and the board.