Lost your LHS class ring? It may have been found!

UPDATE: The 1992 ring is being reunited with it’s owner thanks to those who spotted this post on our district Facebook page.

One rarely knows what you’ll find in file drawers, especially since I have used primarily technology and hardly ever looked in the drawers of my office. But as I begin sorting through things as I get ready in just over a month to relinquish my role as superintendent to someone else, I came across two apparently lost Lee High School class rings.

The oldest is from the Class of 1981 and appears to be sized for a girl. It contains the initials “J M B” and there were two such members of that class: Either “Joan Marie Bieber” or “Jeanne M. Bouley.”

The other ring is from the Class of 1992 and is inscribed with the name “Angie Gilland.” An Angela Gilland is not listed in the 1992 yearbook but she does appear as a junior in the 1991 yearbook. From other yearbook info, she may have had a brother named Bob Gilland.

There is a note with the rings but the information on it is not discernible. I would like nothing better than to get both of these in the hands of the rightful owners before my retirement on June 30. If you have any information pertaining to either ring and/or their owners, please contact me at the school district office (616-241-4722) or by email at dbritten@godfrey-lee.org.

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District Weapons Ban

The Michigan Court of Appeals earlier this school year upheld the right of School Boards to enact district-wide gun bans on school property.  The court’s ruling is available online (PDF).

Prior to this ruling, the Godfrey-Lee Board of Education enacted policies that severely restrict weapons on any school property. These policies are available at the following link: http://www.neola.com/godfreylee-mi/. Use the index to locate the appropriate section and policy number.

1217 – Weapons (Administration)

3217 – Weapons (Professional Staff)

4217 – Weapons (Classified Staff)

5772 – Weapons (Students)

7217 – Weapons (Visitors)

8142.01 – Weapons (Contractors)

There are limited exceptions to the policies in each case. Any possession of a weapon outside of the exceptions will be considered a violation of Board policy and may be reported to authorities.


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GLPS Senior Week 2017

The week that all members of the Class of 2017 have been thinking about for the past eight months!

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Board of Education Selects Finalists for Superintendent

As a result of the first round of interviews held last evening, the Godfrey-Lee Board of Education has selected the following candidates as finalists for superintendent:

Kevin Polston, Principal, Grand Haven Lakeshore Middle School

Michael Pascoe, Principal, Grand Rapids City High Middle School and Center for Economicology

The final round of interviews will be held on Wednesday, May 24, in the Godfrey-Lee Administration Building, 1324 Burton Street SW, Wyoming, Michigan. Interviews will begin at 7:00 pm and will be open to the public.

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Superintendent Search Update

The Godfrey-Lee Board of Education is pleased to announce it has selected the following candidates to interview for the position of Superintendent beginning the 2017-18 school year:

Scott Riley, Superintendent, Camden-Frontier Schools, Camden, Michigan

Kevin Polston, Principal, Lakeshore Middle School, Grand Haven, Michigan

Coby Fletcher, Principal, East Lansing High School, East Lansing, Michigan

Michael Pascoe, Principal, City High Middle School and Center for Economicology, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The first round of interviews will be held on Tuesday, May 9, in the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center, 961 Joosten Street SW in Wyoming, Michigan. Interviews will begin at 6:00 pm and will be open to the public. All four candidates will be interviewed that evening.

Godfrey-Lee Board President Eric Mockerman said, “We had thirty candidates, many with excellent credentials. We had to make some tough decisions in narrowing the applicant field. We are excited about interviewing these four (4) candidates to find the best fit for our district and community. We appreciate the great work our current Superintendent, David Britten has done and look forward to continuing the positive direction we are headed.”

Superintendent Britten will retire on June 30, 2017 and pending the results of the search and contract negotiations, the individual selected will start on or shortly after July 1.

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2017-18 School Year Calendar

Below is a parent-friendly version of the 2017-18 school year calendar. If you are unable to print it out, copies are available at the District Administration office. School begins on Monday, August 21 and ends on Friday, June 1.

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Voters head to polls Tuesday to consider whether to approve the Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal

Tomorrow, voters will consider whether to approve the Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal, a 10-year, 0.9 mill increase for a regional enhancement millage that will allow local school districts to strengthen our future workforce and develop and attract strong talent right here in West Michigan.

If approved, the proposal will allow local districts like Godfrey-Lee to:

  • Expand career training and technical course offerings that will give students real life, on-the-job training and a head start on their careers.
  • Give students exposure to the world of work and business with partnerships that prepare them for careers.
  • Give students living in poverty a good start, and surround them with the support needed to keep them in school.

What every taxpayer should know:

  • By law, if the proposal is approved, every penny generated from this proposal will be distributed to local school districts to maintain programs and improve services for students
  • If approved, all millage dollars will be publicly reported on our district’s website and an independent audit will be conducted to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • If approved, the proposed rate of 0.9 mills will cost the average home owner in the Kent ISD region approximately $6.70 per month with 100% of funds going to local schools like ours.

Please share this information with your friends and family so they are informed about what’s on the ballot on Tuesday, May 2.

Please remind them this is a critical day for the future of our schools. Ask them what their plan is to get to the polling location to make sure they can vote on TUESDAY, MAY 2.

Learn more at: strongschoolsstrongcommunities.com

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