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.

Bill would give parents more power over low-performing schools

By YANJIE WANG
Capital News Service
LANSING– Parents whose children go to a low-achieving public school would have a chance to redesign its administration under a proposal by Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc. Currently, “priority schools” that perform in the bottom 5 percent as identified by the Department of Education are required to implement one of four intervention measures under the the state School Reform Office. The intervention measures are progressively severe, according to the department: transformational, in which the principal is replaced and comprehensive reform strategies are implemented; turnaround, in which the principal and 50 percent of the school’s staff are replaced, a new governance structure is adopted and new or revised reform strategies are implemented; restart, in which the school closes and reopens as a charter; and closure, in which students move to a high-achieving school in the same district. Parents whose children attend such a school and want to convert it would have to file a petition with signatures of 60 percent of parents, or 51 percent of parents plus 60 percent of teachers. At the same time, they must submit an application with the plan they would use to convert their school.