Motion for Reconfiguration of the School District for Action at November 26, 2012 School Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Motion for Reconfiguration of the School District

The following motion was presented at the November 12, 2012 meeting of the Board of Education and subsequently tabled until the next meeting. This motion will be placed on the agenda for action at the November 26, 2012 regular meeting of the Board of Education.

The East Lansing Board of Education authorize and direct the following actions to be taken:


 That the school district's 6th grade be moved to MacDonald Middle School to form a 6th through 8th grade middle school. The Board's preference would  be to utilize the existing pool space for the addition of the majority of the 6th  grade facilities if this usage would result in a lower total project cost over  other alternatives. Other options will be considered, but the intent will be to  implement this project for the lowest cost and with the utilization of existing  facilities where possible.


That the following elementary schools be reconfigured to be Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary schools:

- Donely Elementary School
- Glencairn Elementary School
- Marble Elementary School
- Pinecrest Elementary School
- Whitehills Elementary School


That the Red Cedar Elementary School be reconfigured and remodeled to house:

- Pre-kindergarten and developmental kindergarten classes from across the district
- the district's administration building staff


That the School Board shall conduct an architectural review as soon as
possible with the intent to select an architect to implement items 1 - 3
above. Each proposal must include estimated architectural and construction costs for each alternative proposed. The review shall be completed within  three months.


That the School Board direct the Director of Finance to solicit bids for
construction of items 1 - 3 above, once a specific proposal from the chosen architect has been approved by the board. The timeline that will be included in the construction bid for construction completion shall be as soon as possible, but no later than July 31, 2014 for items 1 - 3 above.


That the District's curriculum staff and School Board investigate and
examine the Reggio Emilia school concept for placement at the Red Cedar school building. This investigation and examination should proceed with the intent that if the curriculum staff and Board believe this is a viable and possible offering, that it may be implemented for the 2014 school year.


That the costs for any architectural services and construction for items 1 - 3 above shall be paid from the sinking fund as allowed by law. Any costs associated with items 1 and 3 above that cannot be paid for from the sinking fund shall be paid from the 2012 Capital Projects Fund.