Ypsilanti Citizen Education Sidetrack

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

Jenson, Brown oust Blakita

Willow Run parents Joi Jenson, left, and Anglesia Brown, right, defeated incumbent Andy Blakita for the two seats on the district's board in Tuesday's election. Photo by Dan DuChene

Willow Run parents Joi Jenson, left, and Anglesia Brown, right, defeated incumbent Andy Blakita for the two seats on the district's board in Tuesday's election.
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All four township proposals pass handedly

By Dan DuChene
May. 5, 2009    ·    11:50 p.m.

Incumbent Andy Blakita was ousted by Joi Jenson and Anglesia Brown in the Willow Run Board of Education race Tuesday night.

The results are according to preliminary, unofficial results from Washtenaw County’s election page. Reported numbers will be made official after approval from the Washtenaw County Board of Canvassers later in the week.

Jenson came out with the most votes, at 593. Brown took 569, Blakita took 322 and write-in candidate John Brooks won 38 votes. Of the 13,666 voters in the district 1,328 ballots were cast, resulting in a 9.72 percent turnout rate.

Board President Claudette Braxton’s seat was the other contested board spot. She chose not to run in the election.

This was Blakita’s seventh election while serving as a board member for 24 years at Willow Run. Jenson and Brown, both parents in the district, were endorsed by the district teachers’ labor organization, the Willow Run Education Association.

Township proposals
Ypsilanti Township had four proposals on the ballot Tuesday. All of the proposals won with more than a 60 percent lead.

The proposals dealt with funding police, fire, recreation and refuse through property tax capture.

Of the 37,824 registered voters in the township 3,193 ballots were cast, resulting in a 8.44 percent turnout.

The first proposal, dealing with the fire department, took the most votes with 2,260. The second proposal, dealing with police funding, took 2,214 votes. The third proposal, dealing with recreation, took the fewest votes with 1,950. The final proposal, dealing with refuse, took 2,184 votes.

Please check back with the Ypsilanti Citizen as comments from election officials and candidates are collected.

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