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Erin Albanese

Erin Albanese
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Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

District welcomes new administrators, ready to ‘lead through uncharted waters’

New administrators share their thoughts on starting their posts during a pandemic...

‘A positive in a time that’s somewhat negative’

The new two-story Wyoming High School building opened to 10th- through 12th-graders, who were happy to settle into their new digs for the first week of in-person classes...

Student athletes glad football is back, after trying other sports

Some student athletes briefly competed in other sports, such as tennis and cross country, after fall football was canceled. Now they’re happy to be back on the gridiron...

Districts ponder how to keep students learning, engaged

Teachers are challenged to keep their style of instruction intact with students who are socially distanced and, often, not in the building at all...

Rockford company supports GRCC program, provides boots

Rockford-based footwear company Wolverine is joining forces with the band Metallica to support GRCC students with funds for a workforce training program...

Students return to classrooms for first time since March

'It’s a little different, and a little strange. ... but it seems like it’s going to be fine'...

Inspired by a young girl’s thoughts

Cora Hovernale won a $200 prize in the art category in a contest hosted by the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills...

Making the best of it

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this unprecedented school year...

Staff, students join forces to combat food insecurity

Staff members have noticed an uptick in student need since the beginning of the pandemic, and are working hard to make sure students are fed...

Marching on

The plan is to continue regular rehearsals and to host a number of community events, to be determined...

Wyoming to start school with two weeks remote, shift to in-person option

Superintendent Craig Hoekstra said the district is expecting about 55 percent of students to return in person and the remainder to stay remote on WPS Virtual...

GRCC offering remote, in-person and hybrid classes

Faculty and staff are welcoming students back Aug. 31 using four different styles of instruction to meet varying needs while using strict safety measures...

Kentwood eases into in-person instruction with two-week remote start

All students will begin school remotely today, with plans for those who choose to return in person to do so on Tuesday, Sept. 8...

Here come the students; schools try to be ‘prepared for everything’

Area school districts have to be able to switch instruction plans if the pandemic fires up again, and be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in one of their schools...

Byron Center to reopen school with hybrid model

Byron Center Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Macina said the district is opting to begin school Aug. 31 with a hybrid plan combining in-person with virtual learning, with hopes to shift to fully in person, five days a week Sept. 28...

How Students are Returning to School

Here’s your guide to how the 20 public school districts of Kent County are reopening this fall...
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