Williamston High School considers new smartphone policy amid class action lawsuit

The Williamston Board of Education is planning to change the high school’s cell phone policy for the upcoming fall semester to allow more policy enforcement. The high school is a part of a class action lawsuit against social media platforms.

The smart device policy was on the discussion agenda at the Board of Education meeting on March 5. Board of Education President Nancy Deal said she hopes the board will be able to approve a new policy at their special meeting on April 1. Prioritizing mental health among teen students is a key factor in the creation of the new phone policy. Williamston Superintendent Adam Spina emphasized that student’s mental health is a priority when making new policy.

Black History Month in East Lansing offers opportunities for community engagement

East Lansing is offering community events and recognition to celebrate and reflect on the history of Black Americans throughout February’s Black History Month. “The City of East Lansing acknowledges the significance of Black History Month as an important opportunity to commemorate the tremendous contributions of Black Americans to the history of East Lansing and the United States and recognizes the importance of Black History Month as an opportunity to reflect on the complex history of the nation,” according to a resolution recognizing Black History Month from the East Lansing City Council. The resolution was approved unanimously by the council on Feb. 6, with remarks from City Councilmember Dana Watson. Watson noted some important events in East Lansing’s Black history.

Section of Chestnut Road closed due to construction on Farm Lane bridge

Part of the Spartan Statue intersection will be closed until May 1 due to construction on the Farm Lane bridge. Chestnut Road was closed before the start of the spring semester. While there is no construction being performed on Chestnut, the detour aims to protect pedestrians by reducing overflow traffic from the Farm Lane closure. The detour reroutes vehicles along Kalamazoo Street and Demonstration Hall Road. Michigan State Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) sent out a campus-wide email announcing the closure on Dec.