Reopening of Muskegon Heights swimming pool to enhance equity

The number of school swimming pools in Muskegon County will double when Muskegon Heights Academy reopens its pool this fall. The six-lane pool - complete with diving board, starting blocks, a 12-foot deep-end and a 3-foot shallow-end - closed in 2012. Muskegon High School has the only other operating school pool in the county. The result has been a “lack of accessibilty” for children to learn to swim, which is especially critical for a community that is surrounded by water, said Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System Superintendent Rané Garcia. The pool reopening comes during a year of record and near-record water levels in the Great Lakes, and when drownings in Lake Michigan stand at

Dearborn Schools offering more diverse, fresher menu

Dearborn Public Schools is overhauling its school menu this year. Students are in for a more diverse menu, more options every day, more fresh produce, and more made-from-scratch meals. Parents will see menus that are easier to find and understand – right down to being able to look up possible allergens and even carb counts online for every dish. The changes come after the district hired Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE) to help oversee the food service program. The company has provided nutritionists and chefs to help transition the district to a program with a much more expansive and fresh from scratch menu, including training the District staff on how to cook these meals. In addition,

Battle Creek Public Schools Fremont elementary reopens as International Academy

As a dense fog lifted Wednesday morning, Brandon Phenix opened the doors and invited everyone to "come on in." Anxious students and their family members had lined the sidewalk, and they entered Fremont International Academy through a gauntlet of high fives and fist bumps from community "ambassadors." Inside, backpacks were put away and teachers welcomed new students into brightly-lit classrooms. After a three-year hiatus, Fremont was officially back to school. The building at 115 East Emmett Street closed in 2016 due to restructuring of the Battle Creek Public Schools district amidst a $3.6 million budget shortfall. Two attempts to sell the building fell through before it was pulled it from

Tour the old and new Lansing School District Eastern High Schools

Members of the public can take one last walk through the former Eastern High School building on North Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Superintendent Yvonne Camaal Canul will then lead a ceremonial walk at 6:30 p.m., starting at the new athletic fields and heading over to the new Eastern High School , the former Pattengill Academy on Marshall Street, for a ribbon cutting and tours. “This will be a great day of celebration for the Lansing School District and everyone in the city of Lansing,” Caamal Canul said, in a press release. Sparrow Health System purchased the former high school property in 2016 for nearly $2.5 million, though the district continued to use the b

Port Huron Schools finishing more than $35 million in bond work this summer

Next month, Port Huron Schools' students will be walking back into their classrooms to some changes, more than $35 million worth of changes. While students have been celebrating summer break, crews have been hard at work in five Port Huron schools to complete the latest round of projects funded by the 2016 voter-approved bond proposal. Port Huron High School, Fort Gratiot Middle School, the Literacy Academy at Cleveland, Garfield Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary all underwent work over the summer. On Tuesday, crews were working on a new entryway at Fort Gratiot Middle School. During a tour of the construction, Port Huron Schools Executive Director of Operations and Innovation Theo Kerhoul

Holland Public Schools Partners with Hospital to Implement School Mental Health Program

Holland Public Schools and Holland Hospital are partnering to address the gaps and inconsistencies in care of students at risk of suicidal behavior with a new School Mental Health Care Manager. The pilot program begins this school year with the manager serving students and families by coordinating services throughout the continuum of care to improve the quality and reduce avoidable admissions and re-admissions to the hospital, officials say. “We have to do everything we possibly can to help young people and a family from going through a suicide,’’ Holland Superintendent Brian Davis said. “We have over 100 Suicide Risk Assessments being performed at our middle and high school. We’ve really wo

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