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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

Former board member cut short at Willow Run board meeting

Doris Hope-Jackson Photo by Citizen File

Doris Hope-Jackson

Board reluctant to discuss employment status of former superintendent

By Adrienne Ziegler
Mar. 8, 2010    ·    11:57 a.m.

Willow Run School board members cut short a citizen during the public comments time at the regular board meeting Thursday night when he began recounting the change of title and removal of former district Superintendent Doris Hope-Jackson.

With a three-page speech prepared, former board member Andy Blakita accused the current board of being dishonest with the citizens and parents in the district.

“It’s apparent the less parents and residents know, the more pleased this board is,” Blakita said.

Blakita went on to describe the change of position and eventual dismissal of Hope-Jackson from the district before being cut off in his comments.

“We do not comment on personnel issues,” said Board President Sheri Washington. She invited Blakita to continue with any other business he might have.

Blakita continued on to question whether the district was still paying Hope-Jackson’s salary before he was asked to sit down.

Blakita provided the full copy of his statements to the Ypsilanti Citizen, in which he alleges that Hope-Jackson is living in Illinois and still receiving her full salary.

Hope-Jackson was removed as district superintendent in December. She was given a new job in the district's administration, director of communication and assessment.

Before the board removed her from the superintendent position, Hope-Jackson had been absent for six weeks due to injuries sustained during a car accident. However, members of the board said there had been minimal communication from Hope-Jackson while she was away.

Former Kaiser Principal Laura Lisiscki was given an indefinite contract to serve as interim superintendent for the district by the board. The board has also contracted services from former district superintendent Youssef “Dr. Joe” Yomtoomb.

Rumors began circulating last month about Hope-Jackson being terminated in her new position, but no information has been provided to support such claims from either the board or Hope-Jackson.

Related article:
Jackson removed as Willow Run superintendent

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