Willamston’s school board gets down to business despite rising election tensions

Despite rising tensions around a re-vote of Williamston school board over a trans-inclusive bathroom rule, the Oct. 1 meeting was business as usual. The board focused on working to get a passenger van, approve the construction of a dividing wall to separate a section of the gym for the wrestling team and review the goals of the board and its respective progress. The decision between whether to vote for new board members or re-vote for the same members over a rule passed by the current school board which attempted to be more inclusive for transgender students in the district. The rule wanted to lay out a rule that would allow students who identify as transgender to use the appropriate school facilities during the school day according to their gender identiry, which has become a divisive topic at previous school board meetings overshadowing other work being done at the meetings.

Olympic Wrestler 40 year coaching career in East Lansing

By Lilli Khatibi
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

Donald Behm never knew he was destined for success in athletics. In fact, he never even wanted to join the sport that would change the course of his life. “I wanted to be a gymnast, but somehow that didn’t work out,” said Behm. “My brother was a wrestler so I just walked in there one day and it just kind of fit, just felt really good. So I did it and I had immediate success.”

Behm was in the ninth grade when he started wrestling.