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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

Negotiations save Lincoln's teaching aide positions

Lincoln paraprofessionals stand and cheer as Superintendent Lynn Cleary announces jobs will not be cut as planned. Photo by Christine Laughren

Lincoln paraprofessionals stand and cheer as Superintendent Lynn Cleary announces jobs will not be cut as planned.
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Superintendent says more needs to be done

By Christine Laughren
Jun. 9, 2009    ·    1:05 p.m.


Sighs of relief rang through the cafeteria as the Lincoln Consolidated superintendent announced some jobs would be saved that were originally slated for the chopping block at Monday evening’s meeting.

Superintendent Lynn Cleary said last-minute negotiations with employees removed the options to cut dozens of full-time teaching aides, maintenance employees and other jobs from a list of proposed budget cuts presented at Monday’s meeting.

However, she also warned more concessions and tough cuts would need to be made in the future.

“You still need to pick up the shovel because we have holes that aren’t filled,” she said to the room packed with nearly 200 school employees.

The district is facing a $1.21 million deficit due to enrollment loss, drops in state-shared revenue and decreased tax revenue coupled with increasing district costs. According the district’s budget projections, the deficit could grow to more than $5 million by the end of 2011.

Cleary said pending per-pupil reductions could be $95 for the 2009-10 year resulting in a $460,000 loss. More per-pupil cuts could result in nearly $1 million loss in the 2010-11 year and about $2.4 million in the 2011-12 year.

She said the district could use some federal stimulus money to cover some costs in 2009-10. However, she also said the federal government plans to cut Title 1 funding by 10 percent and special education by 17.6 percent.

“So they giveth and they taketh in the same hand,” she explained. “I want you to understand this because it’s looking more and more grim every day.”

Nearly $300,000 in cuts will still be realized including elimination of the fifth grade band, elimination of a transportation mechanic and the elimination of an assistant principal position. If additional concessions are made the board will vote on them at its June 22 meeting.

Negotiations between the district and paraprofessional representatives will resume Thursday. The board will vote on budget amendments at its June 22 meeting.

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