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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

No closed session held by Willow Run

Sergio Espinoza addresses the audience at an honors assembly for Willow Run graduating seniors. Both Espinoza, middle, and Matt Reno, right, earned awards. Assistant Principal Shannon Smith, left, handed out the awards. Photo by Dan DuChene

Sergio Espinoza addresses the audience at an honors assembly for Willow Run graduating seniors. Both Espinoza, middle, and Matt Reno, right, earned awards. Assistant Principal Shannon Smith, left, handed out the awards.
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Meeting never scheduled due to Open Meetings Act conflict

By Dan DuChene
May. 29, 2009    ·    5:21 a.m.

The only activity at Willow Run High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night was an honors assembly in the cafeteria.

Students were honored for academic, athletic and extracurricular achievements. The district’s board of education did not hold the closed session meeting it had scheduled last week.

The meeting was discussed at last week’s regular board meeting. It came after the district’s superintendent, Doris Hope-Jackson, submitted a letter of resignation to the board only to withdraw it a day later.

“We need to sit down and talk together as a board,” Trustee Clifford Smith said during last week’s meeting, “excluding Dr. Jackson.”

Jackson, who was on vacation, was not at the meeting.

Before the honors assembly, Jackson said there had been some dialogue about a meeting, but nothing had been scheduled. She said no meeting had been posted.

Andy Blakita, a trustee on the board, talked briefly with the Citizen before the honor’s assembly began. He said the meeting was not held due to the legality of holding a closed meeting to discuss Jackson’s performance without her present.

Holding a meeting in closed session would allow the board to meet without the public present. According to the Michigan Open Meetings Act, a public body can hold a meeting in closed session to discuss personnel evaluations only if the employee in question requests the meeting to be closed to the public. The employee may rescind that request at any time.

“There’s no possible way I would be a part of (the meeting) without Dr. Jackson’s presence,” Blakita said Thursday night.

He said other board members are still looking at a way to discuss the matter that permissible under the state act.

Blakita lost his seat in this month’s election to Willow Run parents Joi Jenson and Anglesia Brown. Board President Claudette Braxton did not run in the election. Braxton and Blakita will serve their last month on the board in June.

“We’ll see how this all comes out,” Blakita said.

Jackson said she is still considering her employment with the school district before Thursday’s assembly.

“I’m just going to take a step back,” Jackson said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The board has a regular meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Related stories:
Willow Run Board sets closed meeting to discuss Jackson
Willow Run Superintendent announces resignation

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