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Ypsilanti Schools accept transportation consolidation
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 8, 2010   ·   3:07 p.m.

Connie Shelton, an East Middle School Teacher, speaks against the WISD transportation consolidation plan at Monday's special meeting of the Ypsilanti Board of Education. The board approved the motion to join the consolidation by a vote of 5 to 2.

"Shame on you" echoed through the audience Monday night after the Ypsilanti Public Schools Board of Education approved a plan to join a countywide consolidated...read more

Willow Run appoints new board member
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 5, 2010   ·   8:16 a.m.

The Willow Run School Board looks on as Kristine Thomas, a district parent and previous board member, is sworn in as trustee on Thursday night. Thomas will take the position of Joi Jenson who resigned in early May.

The Willow Run School Board appointed a new, yet familiar trustee to the board of education during their regular meeting Thursday night.

Kristine Thomas, a Willow...read more

Willow Run approves county-wide transportation plan
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 27, 2010   ·   2:09 p.m.

The Willow Run School District signed on to a countywide consolidated transportation plan at their regular board meeting last week.

The plan aims to save transportation...read more

Lincoln offers summer courses to area high-schoolers
By Mark Tower
May. 26, 2010   ·   7:49 p.m.

Students from Lincoln and other nearby districts are being invited to participate in Lincoln High School's Summer Academy this year, registration for which opened...read more

Willow Run terminates student services administrator
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 26, 2010   ·   12:26 a.m.

Willow Run School Board President Sheri Washington said she didn't know if the district was going to press charges against former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks after the board fired Hicks during a special meeting Tuesday night.

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate its contract with former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks Tuesday night during a special...read more

Anglesia Brown

Anglesia Brown, Willow Run board candidate in today's election. Photo by Anglesia Brown

Anglesia Brown, Willow Run board candidate in today's election.
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Willow Run board candidate

By Dan DuChene
May. 5, 2009    ·    8:02 a.m.


Willow Run graduate Anglesia Brown, 32, said she is running to restore the pride she has in her school back to the whole district.

Currently a public speaking lecturer for the University of Detroit Mercy and Washtenaw Community College, Brown graduated from Willow Run High School in 1995. Her daughter is a sixth grade student at Kettering Elementary.

“There’s no Flyer pride,” she said. “I’m still proud.”

She said one of the reasons behind the loss of pride is the infighting among adults in the district.

“The children are getting lost,” Brown said.

She said it was this infighting that partly caused the district to be in the financial trouble it is in now. She said the “finger-pointing” prevented the district from taking a needed proactive approach to “something they should have seen coming.”

A self-described “concerned parent,” Brown said, “I know what it takes to re-instill that Flyer pride.”

Brown said she would like to bring back sixth grade camp to the district. She said she would use private fundraising, volunteer recruitment and other tactics to make the program sustainable.

“There’s ways around cost,” she said.

Brown said a strong alumni association would go a long way to help provide funding and volunteers to these types of programs for the district.

“There’s a lot of talent to tap into from Willow Run graduates,” she said. “If you never ask, you’ll never know.”

It’s these types of ideas that Brown said she will bring to the board.

She said she would like to see a farm-to-school program that would bring organic food from local farms to the district that would go into the students’ meals at school.

Brown, who was endorsed by the teachers at Willow Run with Joi Jenson, said she and Jenson are not running together as any type of ticket.

“Joi is a wonderful person,” she said. “We’re taking a proactive approach.”

She also defended her campaign involvement with the teachers’ labor organization, the WREA, who helped fund promotional material, advertising and actively campaigned on the candidates’ behalf.

“I’m an independent thinker,” Brown said. “I’m ethical.”

Though the teachers have given their support to Brown and Jenson, she said she intends to make her decisions on the board without any influence from the group. She said she doesn’t feel any obligation to have the WREA’s support translate into anything but that.

Brown said she also hopes to bring more transparency and communication to the district. She said she would like to see the portions of the agenda that allow for audience comment to be improved. She said she would also like to hold meet-and-greet sessions and community forums that would allow for direct communication from the community to board members.

“In order to lead you have to be willing to serve,” Brown said.

With curriculum improvement as her number one objective, Brown said she would like to assess the district and look holistically at where to take cuts to rid Willow Run of its deficit. She said she would like to see more cooperation with local businesses and institutions that could benefit the district.

Brown used the closing of Kettering as an example. She said she would have liked to have known the criterion that was going to be used to reach the decision before the decision was made.

She said she would like to investigate what Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan have to offer, keeping in mind that graduating teachers need to accumulate student-teaching hours before they graduate.

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