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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

Lincoln braces for loss in state revenue

Photo by Christine Laughren

Lincoln Superintendent Lynn Cleary updated the board of education on the state-proposed cuts and the district's financial outlook at monday evening's meeting.

Superintendent predicts $1 million in cuts

By Christine Laughren
Sep. 29, 2009    ·    4:13 p.m.

Faced with a loss of approximately $1 million in state revenue, Lincoln Consolidated is beginning to look at how it would make up the difference to balance its own budget.

Superintendent Lynn Cleary said she would have a presentation made for the next board of education meeting outlining where cuts could come from and the impact those cuts would have on the district.

As examples, Cleary said the loss in revenue could wipe-out the district’s athletics and result in the layoff of 10-15 teachers.

“It’s easy to say it’s going to be a million dollars,” Cleary said speaking to the board and audience members at Monday evening’s board of education meeting “but what does that mean?

“I’m trying to give you a perspective of what it would look like,” she said.

The state is proposing approximately $250 million in cuts from the state school aid fund resulting in a per-pupil cut of $218 in the next fiscal year. The change begins Thursday if state legislators approve the measure by Wednesday's midnight deadline.

Lincoln’s student count day will also be Wednesday.

Cleary said a 44 percent cut is also proposed for the Intermediate School District. She said that cut would have an impact on cooperative efforts such as the reading apprenticeship program, administrative academies and reimbursement for special education FICA and retirement.

In her superintendent’s report, Cleary also gave an update on the district’s School of Choice enrollment. She said 193 applications were submitted to the district and 132 students were enrolled. Of the 193 students, 23 were granted the choice to join the district and didn’t; 32 were denied for disciplinary reasons.

Trustee Kenneth Goetz said the forethought and planning for School of Choice, initiated at Lincoln for the first time in the 2009-2010 school year, was a good move for the district.

He said it’s important for Lincoln to continue its focus on programs and advocate for the positive things the district has to offer.

“I just want to emphasize this stream of revenue is dependent on our ability to continue to market Lincoln and have great programming,” he said.

In other news:

Student Body President Jacinda Small was introduced as the district’s first student representative for the school board. Small will sit on the board and give input. She is not a voting member.

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