Two-hour citizen comment leads to long Northville Board of Education meeting

An eventful Northville Board of Education Zoom meeting on Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 12:44 am contained a two-hour citizen comment, which was kicked off by Michelle Heldke, a Northville resident, who wants in-person school for her daughter. “The alternatives you have laid out tonight don’t work,” Heldke said. “You have not given us a good choice and your hybrid is not going to work.”

Heldke’s comments relate to the Northville Board of Education’s decision between a set of options set by the Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher and a task force compromised of district administrators, educators, parents, students, and healthcare officials. COVID-19 forced school districts around the state to mull potential options for how students will be taught this upcoming semester.

St. Johns recommends to continue with propane-powered school buses

By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter

ST. JOHNS — During the last St. Johns Board of Education meeting on Oct. 26, St Johns Public Schools Director of Business and Finance Kelly Corbett brought forward a recommendation to purchase two new buses, sell three old ones and begin a yearly replacement cycle. Recommendations must be brought to the Board of Education three times before they can take action.

Drug testing may be on its way for Lansing prep athletes

By Meg Dedyne
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

Myra Ford, policy committee chair for the Lansing School District Board of Education called the policy committee meeting to order on Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Then all talk turned to drugs – drug tests in Lansing schools that is. One of the biggest items on the meeting agenda was the policy of drug tests for student-athletes in the Lansing School District. There are two options to the policy, according to the board. Option one is that students enrolled in a sport have to take a drug test prior to their season and this drug test is the responsibility of the parents to administer.

Board members question MEAP

By Shanin Thomas
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING – Lansing School District’s Board of Education met on March 13 to discuss the MEAP results and to debate the yearly evaluation. MEAP Results

The Michigan Educational Assessment Program is a standardized test given to third-graders through eighth-graders in the fall of every year to test students education of the previous school year. Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul who presented the MEAP results, trends and charts. “We’re doing better than other districts,” she said. The Lansing School District increased in many test scores.

Three school districts expecting new technology

By Erin Eschels
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Bonds have passed in Waverly Community Schools, Okemos Public Schools and East Lansing Public Schools that give them money to purchase and update their technology. On Feb. 18, the Ingham Intermediate School District Board of Education discussed what the future looks like for these districts. Waverly Community Schools normally functions on a 5-year cycle of replacement for instructional computers with secondary equipment being replaced in between. Now, with extra money to spend, Waverly’s Director of Technology Al Momrik said, “We hope to continue to purchase technology equipment for classrooms, such as interactive boards, document cameras, projectors, DVD burners, etc.

Online schools becoming more popular, increasing Ingham's enrollment

By Erin Eschels
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

This year’s total enrollment has gone up from about 800 to 1,500 students in the school district. However, some of this 115 percent increase includes virtual students, which seems to be picking up. On Feb. 18, the Ingham Intermediate School District Board of Education had their regular meeting at the Thorburn Education Center in Mason, Mich. The members of the board discussed topics dealing with enrollment, budgets, and position changes within the district.

Pensions biggest change to Intermediate School District budget

By Maleah Egelston
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Ingham Intermediate Board of Education’s audit report showed that it was under budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Auditing is part of the school district’s financial routine in order to keep the district transparent, said Lonnie Thomas, district public relations and communication assistant. Bruce Dunn, a CPA from Maner Costerisan who prepared the report, said that the biggest changes in last year’s budget was the new pension system the district had to implement. The pension changes resulted from the 2012 Pension Reform Act, which set new standards for school employees’ pensions including capping employer contributions, limiting the coverage of retired employees and changing employees’ options for health coverage. These changes increased the cost of the school district’s pension plan from $4 million to $5.3 million over the last school year.

K-8 $62 million renovation and reconfiguration

By Daniele Owens
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The East Lansing Board of Education evaluated the proposal to spend up to $62 million to renovate the current facilities and construct additional buildings. The $62 million would include technology upgrades such as new computers for students and staff. 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.