East Lansing Public Schools board meeting Sept. 9, 2013

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By Lindsay Benson

Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The East Lansing Public Schools board meeting on Sept. 9, the first one of the school year, was open to the public for about two hours.

A student representative from East Lansing High discussed the school’s homecoming festivities Oct. 4 and 5.

Clifford Seybert was welcomed into his first school board meeting as superintendent.

Bids for a new wing in MacDonald Middle School were submitted Sept. 4 and will be reviewed if modifications are necessary.

Emails were sent to families and a notice was posted to the East Lansing Public Schools website in reference to student’s options to say the Pledge of Allegiance in class, and posting flags in classrooms.

Children sitting on buses for more than an hour resulted in an issue between Dean Transportation, the schools, and parents. School board member Nell Kuhnmuench admitted it was a “terrible failure” on their part, and the schools are working with Dean Transportation to resolve it.

During public comment, teen service librarian of the East Lansing Public Library Shannon Lake spoke about her new programs for the community. Lake said she looks forward to “bridging the school to the library,” providing supplement books and curriculum items upon teachers’ requests. There will also be a teen center area, with computers, gaming systems, and food for kids after school.

The board plans to schedule work sessions and board retreats to dive into its most important issues.

Board meetings are held every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the East Lansing High School.

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