Grand Ledge community concerned about modified calendar proposal

The first Grand Ledge School Board meeting of the month attracted about 100 community members, as many were concerned with the proposal to switch from a traditional school year calendar to a proposed “balanced” calendar. The new calendar would have a shortened summer break and longer scheduled instruction breaks throughout the school year. Jonathan Shiflett, president of the Grand Ledge School Board, said that, if enacted, this calendar would be utilized by all schools in the Grand Ledge School District, which has 5,240 students. A presentation about the calendar and student achievement within Eaton County was given by the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency. Although the board members were allowed to ask questions during the presentation, the public was not.

Grand Ledge School Board appoints new trustee at emergency meeting

The Grand Ledge School Board appointed Ben Cwayna to fill a vacant trustee position at an emergency school board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31. At 6 p.m., the Grand Ledge School Board and members of the community gathered in the Sawdon Administration Building to fill the vacancy after Linda Wacyk, a long-time trustee on the board, resigned on Jan. 8, said the School Board President Jonathan Shiflett. After Wacyk’s resignation, the Grand Ledge Public Schools’ Facebook page and website announced that they were accepting letters of interest and resumes for the vacant position on Jan.