Saving Lansing Eastern High School

By Ryan Squanda
The Lansing Star

LANSING — It’s Friday morning at Lansing Eastern High School, and Principal Donna Pohl doesn’t have a second to spare. In just the last 30 minutes of her busy morning, Pohl has worked on a task on LEHS’s third floor, made her way back down for the morning announcements and is already on her way to complete the day’s next mission. “Let’s walk and talk. We multitask around here,” she says as she makes her way to set up for in-school truancy court before she’s scheduled to meet with someone in a little over 10 minutes. “As the leader of this building, I have a lot of hats to wear.”

This is a sight that can be seen a lot these days at Lansing Eastern High School.

Lansing Eastern PTSA discusses snow days, Welcome Center and district plans during first meeting since start of semester

The Lansing Eastern Parent, Teacher and Student Association met Monday night to discuss the high school’s state of affairs after their January meeting was cancelled. The January meeting was called off due to the school’s multiple snow days, an issue of utmost concern amongst the group when they reunited at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. “It is my understanding that we are not in school longer, that we did not go over our limit,” said Principal Donna Pohl.  “Let’s cross our fingers that we do not have any more snow days, because I think we’re getting really close to the number of hours and minutes and days that we need to have to qualify to have the last day of school on time.”

PTSA President Curtis Smith cited the snow days as a “bad time in Lansing.”  Thus, he said he was pleased to see that, over those few days, there was much volunteer help in the creation of Lansing Eastern’s new Welcome Center. The Welcome Center

“I’m really excited.  I’ve heard some great comments about the Welcome Center so far,” Pohl said.  “We’re not there yet, by any means, but we’re getting there.”

Pohl said they hope the Welcome Center will provide a “caring committee” and a parent resource center equipped with computers, reading materials and more.  Lansing Eastern also hired a Student Support Specialist, Ms. Ortega, to occupy the center.