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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

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

Ypsilanti discusses county school bus consolidation
By Dan DuChene
May. 25, 2010   ·   11:42 a.m.

Jim Regan, of Transportation Strategies LLC, and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Assistant Superintendent Brian Marcel deliver a proposal to consolidate transportation across the county to the Ypsilanti School Board.

Ypsilanti Public Schools' Board of Education will be holding a special meeting next month to consider the decision to adopt a county-wide bus consolidation plan.

The...read more

Lincoln offers summer courses to area high-schoolers

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Program includes credit recovery, online, A.P. preparatory courses

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 Tuesday.

The program, available for next year's high school students in grades 9-12, offers a variety of general education, credit recovery and advanced placement preparatory classes for students that need to catch up, or just to make room in their schedules for the upcoming school year.

The Summer Academy, in its second year, is funded through tuition charged to students enrolling in the summer school. Tuition for students inside the district taking traditional, online or credit recovery classes is $150, and the tuition for out-of-district students is $250. Tuition for the preparatory courses will be determined later, based on the number of students enrolled in the classes.

The preparatory classes hope to help prepare students for the challenging advanced placement curriculum before the school year begins.

The program has already proven it can be a success, program coordinator Wanda Lewis said, which prompted district trustees to vote unanimously in support of running the program again this summer at its general board meeting Monday.

In the summer of 2009, the inaugural year for the program, 98 percent of the 120 students enrolled in summer school received credit for their classes, a significant achievement Lewis said. This success owes greatly to one-on-one teaching opportunities and the small class sizes of about 20 students, she said, and to the teaching environment provided where staff work together with students to determine their instructional needs.

The other thing that helps the program at its students reach such high achievement levels, Lewis said, is the strict attendance policy, which allows for only two absences and one mandatory make-up day in the 24-day program.

Two credit recovery class sessions were also offered to Lincoln High School students from 3-5 p.m. during the current school year, the second of which will conclude Friday. These programs have also been very successful in helping students catch up, Lewis said, with the first session granting credit to 83 percent of students enrolled and the second expecting also to grant credit to the majority of students.

The summer school is more than just credit recovery for students who struggled in a particular class or classes during the school year, she said. With increasingly stricter graduation requirements for high school students, many students can benefit from the online and in-class general education offerings and preparatory classes now offered each summer.

“It's really three programs in one,” she said. “This is not just for at-risk students, anyone can use it to get ahead in their schedule and maybe create more flexibility in their schedules for next year.”

Students can register for traditional courses including British literature, American literature, English 9, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, U.S. history 1 and 2, world history, civics, economics, biology, physical science, individual sports and computers.

Advanced placement preparatory course offerings will be based on interest for various subjects areas.

Online courses, using the E/2020 curriculum developed for the credit recovery program, will be offered in biology, chemistry, physical science 1 and 2, British literature, American literature, U.S. history 1 and 2, algebra 1 and 2 concepts and geometry.

All final class offerings will be based on enrollment once registration closes, Lewis said, and tuition will be refunded if the course registered for is not offered.

Traditional and online courses will run from June 28 to Aug. 6, with students meeting Monday through Thursday and two Fridays from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The preparatory classes will meet July 19 to Aug. 6 on Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All students are provided with a 15-minute break at 10:30 a.m.

To register for Lincoln's summer school, students should get an application from a high school counselor and turn it back in by June 4. Students from other districts are welcome to join Lincoln High School students in enrolling, Lewis said.

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