Red Cedar residents push to reopen neighborhood school

By Tori Zackery
Entirely East Lansing

Members of the Red Cedar neighborhood voiced concerns over the closing of the Red Cedar Elementary School at the joint East Lansing City Council and Board Meeting on Monday, March 21. In February, the school board unanimously voted against reopening the school, despite previously approving the motion in December. The decision caused widespread disappointment among those who felt the elementary building was an integral part of the Red Cedar neighborhood. “We were very excited at the plans that came forward earlier in the year,” said former city council member Kathleen Boyle. “We were very disappointed that those plans were met with so much objection and rancor and we’re disappointed that we can’t go forward with those at this time.”

At the time the elementary school was being considered for reopening, the school board announced plans of beginning “innovative educational programming” at the building.

East Lansing's City Council and School Board tackle school updates

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – During a joint meeting of the East Lansing City Council and East Lansing Public School Board this past Monday, three residents advocated to update the city’s neighborhood schools and reopen Red Cedar Elementary at 1110 Narcissus Drive, which closed June 2014. “You get the sense that when people voted to close the school, or supported to close the school or opposed the reopening of the schools, they did it because they don’t believe in neighborhood schools,“ said resident Fred Jacobs, accounting professor at Michigan State University. “The actual reason they support closing a school is because they do value neighborhood schools and it’s not their school that’s being closed…It’s a self interest thing.”

Fred Jacobs’ wife, Kathy, said that since schools like Red Cedar and Central began to close, families have started to move out in search a home that could give them the “very safe, friendly and unique” feeling that the Flowerpot Neighborhood could no longer provide. “This has changed the dynamic of the neighborhood,” said Kathy Jacobs, East Lansing resident. “I’m afraid this trend is saying to families who especially care about the environment that no, you can’t live in the city, you must move to the suburbs and drive a car.”

The School Board agreed, with Board of Education President Nell Kuhnmuench immediately turning to Mayor Mark Meadows so they could discuss their approach.

Bridging together the Red Cedar divide

By Irum Ibrahim
Entirely East Lansing

In July 2014, the East Lansing Board of Education finalized its decision to shut down Red Cedar Elementary for financial purposes. Residents of East Lansing have seen several changes in the community since the school closing, with several claiming that an apparent divide has been created. In this interview with Michigan State English Professor Jeffrey Wray, he shares his thoughts on how the closing has divided the East Lansing community. In addition, he discusses ways in which that divide can potentially be bridged together.

Focal Point Spring 2013 [Show 6]

The East Lansing School Board has decided to close its doors to one of its Elementary Schools. A push for bikers to wear reflective gear in the State of Michigan should help prevent major accidents and death on the roads. And, graduating seniors may face a hard road ahead, having to pay off student loans. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Decision near on K-5 realignment, Red Cedar

By Max Lapthorne
Entirely East Lansing staff writer


The proposal to reconfigure the K-5 schools in the East Lansing School District has been on the table for more than two years. The school board is still attempting to figure out a plan for the six current schools, including whether to reduce that number to five. During the East Lansing School Board meeting held on March 25, Superintendent David Chapin provided everyone with a packet full of data regarding K-5 enrollment. Chapin explained that the data should be viewed only as a tool in the decision making process and not a proposed plan which he is backing. Trustee Jay Todd took extreme issue to the projection within the packet that said the school of choice percentage in the district would be 34 percent.

Red Cedar school still an open issue

By Alex Barhorst
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

Kathleen Edsall expressed concerns that the current board members will close Red Cedar Elementary School before she takes office. Edsall and Nate Lake won four-year positions on the board in the November elections. They will join the board on Jan. 1. Both of the election’s victors are in favor of keeping Red Cedar open.

East Lansing School Board candidates have similar platforms

By Alex Barhorst
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

Candidates Kathleen Edsall, Alec Lloyd, and John Revitte expressed similar opinions regarding a need for change on the East Lansing School Board. Edsall and Lloyd are campaigning for the four-year term on the school board, and Revitte is running for the two-year partial term in the November elections. Four candidates are campaigning for the four-year position and two are running for the two-year position. Edsall and Lloyd are competing against Rima Addiego, an incumbent, and Nate Lake. Revitte’s only challenger is Kay Young Biddle, the incumbent for the two year position.