Lead found in Glencairn Elementary water

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

Linda Vail on Glencairn lead situation. EAST LANSING – The recent discovery of lead in one Glencairn Elementary faucet has the administration taking action to correct the issue. Three letters (1 2 3) over two weeks from Dr. Robyne Thompson, East Lansing Public Schools superintendent, summarized the situation to parents. A parent volunteer made the discovery Jan. 7 and notified administration of a sign, possibly dating back to the late 80s, above the affected faucet that stated, “flush this faucet for five minutes each day before drinking to reduce lead levels to acceptable health limits.”

Four days later, Materials Testing Consultants took samples from the faucet, as well as seven other locations within the school, to be tested.

Citizens sound-off

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.