Grand Ledge reacts to high school bomb threats

A bomb threat at Grand Ledge High School, coupled with similar threats made against surrounding area schools, resulted in multiple active Shelter-in-Place and evacuation situations within the last two weeks. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, students and staff at the high school in Grand Ledge sheltered-in-place after reports of a bomb threat reached the school’s administration. The threat was found written on a bathroom wall. Grand Ledge High School sophomore Anne-Marie Latourette said the school entered into the Shelter-in-Place while she was in her second-hour class period.

Teachers Wanted! Grand Ledge schools looking to add educators

Help wanted: are you looking to teach? Good news, Grand Ledge is looking to hire. Over the last few years Grand Ledge Public Schools has been consumed with a new problem, a lack of substitute teachers. The district is struggling to fulfill their need of 25-30 substitutes a day. “The lack of subs is causing a lot of problems in our building.

Grand Ledge Public Schools helping students with disabilities

By Madison Morse
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

Imagine not being able to use your legs or living in a state of anxiety that could lead to a panic attack at any moment. These are just some of the struggles students are having to face every single day. However, Grand Ledge Public Schools is on a mission to help these students by offering personalized amenities to their school system. According to Hayes Middle School Principal Mike Johnson, Grand Ledge has and will continue to make any necessary building changes to provide to those who need physical assistance. “We have added hands-free doors, handicapped spaces and in the last few years it was realized that we needed to construct cut-outs to the ends of sidewalks so any student in a wheelchair would be able to access the sidewalks as well,” Johnson said.

Grand Ledge High School students call for improvement

By Rachael Daniel
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

High school student Megan Koren loves her teachers at Grand Ledge Public Schools. She always feels supported in her academic journey and applauds their unyielding hard work, but more than anything, she believes they deserve to be treated better by the district. In her opinion, the well-being of her teachers should be a priority in the district’s new strategic plan that focuses on school improvement. The new version of the plan is updated every three years and the 2016 version will be released in June. Assistant Superintendent Andrew George said the strategic plan gives the district the opportunity to ensure its focus is always in the right direction.

Police making rounds at Grand Ledge High School

By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge staff reporter

From Columbine, Colo., to Newtown, Conn., and just recently Roseburg, Ore., the unexpected gun violence that occurs at schools, a place where children should be learning, makes the situations that occur almost always a tragic one. And it’s a tragedy that seems to be happening far too often in the United States. Officer Chris Chester, of the Grand Ledge Police Department, is stationed at Grand Ledge High School to make sure Grand Ledge isn’t added to these lists of towns. He monitors and maintains the safety of the students/faculty. Not just at the high school, but also the middle schools, and the elementary schools.

Grand Ledge: Not your typical small town

By Melissa Delekta
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE – When Mayor Kalmin Smith and his wife moved in 1996 from Okemos to Grand Ledge, they were looking for a small town feel. They found exactly what suited their style, and so have many others. Small town government

“Although Okemos is a fine community with a good school system and many amenities, it just never seemed like home to us,” Smith said of his former hometown. “We love living in Grand Ledge which has all the positive benefits of small town living yet is close to the state capitol and a major university,” Smith said. When they came to Grand Ledge Smith jumped into the local politics as a member of the Downtown Development authority.

Intervention programs to grow in Grand Ledge schools

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter
GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge School Board members agreed with the high school’s intervention board to try to expand the Grand Ledge Public Schools’ help-room program to allow more students to succeed. After a presentation from the intervention board at the school board work meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 10, both parties decided on expanding the program that already sees more than 1,000 students in each help-room per semester. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for students who are struggling to be able to go to a special room where they’ll be able to get specific help,” said Brian Metcalf, the Grand Ledge superintendent. “Obviously we’re seeing the failure rates decrease and student learning increase, which is really what we are all about.”

The subjects offered in help-rooms are: social studies, science, math and English. Metcalf and the other school board members saw the rates of improvement in the presentation.

Trustees look to renew Board of Education spots in upcoming election

By Julia Nagy

Grand Ledge Gazette Staff writer

The fate of two Board of Education trustees’ partial terms are in the hands of Grand Ledge residents on Nov. 6. Trustees Beverly Winstanley and Jonathan Shiflett, who were appointed to fill vacancies on the board, are running to finish out their partial terms. Now it’s up to the residents of Grand Ledge as to whether or not they’ll remain on the board. “You can’t stay in without the vote of the people,” Shiflett said. “So, I’m being confirmed by the people.”

Shiflett, who serves as a legislative director in the Michigan Senate, was appointed to his first term on the Board of Education in May 2012 and said he’s enjoyed being able to have an impact on the community.