Studies and sports a delicate balance at Lansing schools

By Meg Dedyne
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

Charnel Gloss, a 12th-grader at Everett High School in Lansing, said that the hardest part of being on the basketball team and being a student is keeping her grades up. “It’s hard to find time to eat, sleep, go to practice and keep your grades up,” Gloss said. “Everything is really busy and it’s worth it but it takes a lot of work.”

Every day, high school students try to balance their time between school, sports and other extracurricular activities. Young athletes deal with the constant challenges of doing well in school, doing well in sports and finding time for other commitments such as family and work. Gloss said that time management is also a big deal while being a student-athlete.

Lansing School District plans to remove underground fuel tanks

By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

Seven underground fuel tanks owned by the Lansing Board of Education could be removed after a vote on Nov. 5 by the board to recommend Lansing-based Triterra for the part of sub-contractor of the project. Lansing School District Chief of Operations Teresa Szymanski said the fuel tanks, located at the Lansing School District’s Service Center at 1717 Sam’s Way, are now unnecessary and their removal should be made as soon as possible. “We needed to have them for a fleet of 70-odd buses because we added the fuel in anticipation,” Szymanski said. “The kind of vehicle we have right now does not require that amount of critical mass of fuel we have right now.”

Szymanski said the area needed to be cleaned anyway.

Lansing school dropout rate is better, but it’s still not good

By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

The Lansing School District does not have a perfect record when it comes to graduation attendance. According to Michigan school data, in the 2013-14 school year, Lansing School District had a 24.81 percent dropout rate for students in their first four years of high school, which is well above the state average of 9.61 percent. During the 2011-12 school year, the dropout rate peaked at 28.84 percent. Although Lansing has improved since the 2011-12 school year, the district ultimately went back to around where it was in the 2009-10 school year, which was 25.47 percent. In the 2013-14 school year, Eastern High School had a 21.15 percent dropout rate; Everett High School had a 18.02 percent dropout rate; J. W. Sexton High School had a 18.92 precent dropout rate; and Woodcreek Achievement Center had a 21.74 percent dropout rate.

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.

Advancements in curriculum further innovative learning

By Juliana Moxley
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING — A $3.4 million grant was awarded to the Lansing School District to implement a new curriculum that will offer students an innovative way to learn and prepare them for the future. Introducing the MSAP

The Lansing School District was awarded the Magnet grant, which is funded through the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, or MSAP. MSAP is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Education. The grant benefits six schools in the Lansing School District and specifies what technology, personnel, training, and project materials are needed in each Magnet school and then funds those needs. The Lansing schools receiving money from the Magnet grant are Fairview Elementary School, Sheridian Road Elementary School, Cavanaugh Elementary School, Mt.

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.

Lansing School District Braces for Possible Major Changes

March was a big month for education in Michigan, and April is poised to be even bigger. The Education Achievement Authority (EAA), currently in place at 15 Detroit schools, is a program that allows a state-run committee to take control of struggling schools. Once in place, the EAA can create a new curriculum and hire new faculty. The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed an expansion bill that would give the EAA control of the bottom five percent of schools in terms of achievement standards. The bill includes a limit of 50 schools.

Lansing School District Takes First Step with Transportation Consortium

By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer 

LANSING, MI. – The Lansing School District  joined the Ingham Intermediate School District’s  General Education Pupil Transportation Consortium with a unanimous 7-0 roll call vote on Oct. 4, 2012. Lansing School District is ninth out of 12 districts to join the consortium. Three school districts already use it, and East Lansing is one of them.

Sex education implementation, Lansing School District

By Erica Zazo
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

LANSING – Residents of Lansing gathered Monday, Sept. 17, for a public hearing regarding the non-existent sex education curriculum within the Lansing School District. The Lansing School District is entering its third year without a sex education program. Although not required by Michigan law, parents, teachers and students are in favor of a sex education curriculum.

Patricia Bednarz, LSD nurse and co-chair of the Sex Education Advisory Board, is happy that a committee formed to implement a sex education curriculum.

The Reconstruction of Lansing School District

The Lansing school board has passed a district reconfiguration plan on last Thursday. The reconstruction avoids closure of a high school and brings about some new changes to the district. For more than 10 years the Lansing school district has been working on a reconstruction plan. Now, things have finally come to an end. Tim Puss, a teacher at Sexton High School said for the school board to take this decision that seriously, and to be able to work through difficulties and come to a consensus, it is pretty remarkable.