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

Lincoln lays off 62 teachers

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

'Most' will be re-offered a job by June, Superintendent says

By Mark Tower
May. 11, 2010    ·    2:20 p.m.

Superintendent Lynn Cleary had a smile on her face as she spoke about the millage recently passed by Linconln Consolidated School district voters at the Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Her attitude suddenly turned serious when she asked the board to approve the layoff of 62 teachers in the district, to be effective as of June 14. These layoffs, she said, are mostly temporary and the majority of the laid-off teachers will be re-offered jobs in the district for the 2010-2011 school year.

It may seem strange that the layoffs come days after voters approved a tax levy that will fund $35 million in improvements to district buildings and technology, but property tax revenue can only fund capital improvements at Michigan districts and cannot pay for teacher salaries or operational costs.

Sylvester Rowan, executive director of human resources for Lincoln, said the district and its teachers union came to an agreement to lay off the teachers, despite the fact that actual layoffs next year will be less than the 62 total approved unanimously by board members Monday.

“We expect to be re-employing a number of those teachers,” Rowan said. “We will know the exact number by the end of the year.”

The district is waiting on better enrollment predictions from each building for 2010-2011 before the make the final determination for any teacher layoffs, he said. By notifying the teachers of layoffs now, district administrators said they can offer those teachers different positions next year without violating union contracts.

Teachers given pink slips were from multiple buildings in the district at high school, middle school and elementary levels.

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