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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

Principal named acting Willow Run superintendent

Willow Run Board President Sheri Washington runs a special meeting held by the board Tuesday where Laura Lisiscki, principal at Kaiser Elementary School, was appointed acting superintendent for the district. Photo by Tom Perkins

Willow Run Board President Sheri Washington runs a special meeting held by the board Tuesday where Laura Lisiscki, principal at Kaiser Elementary School, was appointed acting superintendent for the district.
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Local minister picked for vacated board seat

By Tom Perkins
Nov. 4, 2009    ·    1:59 a.m.


The Willow Run Board of Education will see two new faces at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.

The board voted unanimously in two appointments, an acting superintendent for the district and an open board seat, at a special meeting Tuesday.

Laura Lisiscki, principal at Kaiser Elementary School, will temporarily take over at the district’s top position, while Don Garrett, a 1990 Willow Run graduate and local minister, will fill the seat former board vice-president Harold Wimberly left on Oct. 5.

The board met in closed session to discuss the appointment of Lisiscki, who is also the president of the administrator’s union.

Trustee Clifford Smith said he originally intended to abstain from voting for Lisiscki due to concerns the effect her absence from students’ education would have at Kaiser, and because she leads the administrator’s union.

Clifford said he changed his mind after it was clear from the closed-door meeting that Lisiscki would be the “acting” superintendent, not the “interim” superintendent, which would have implied more permanency.

“Upon the information that we received, I think we’re doing the proper thing,” he said. “She is the acting superintendent until Dr. Jackson comes back or we decide to do something else.”

Willow Run Superintendent Dr. Doris Hope-Jackson was recently in a severe car accident and has been unable to regularly attend board meetings, according to Wimberly. He told the Citizen on Monday she was hospitalized after the accident and is now recovering at home, but remains largely confined to her bed.

It is unclear when she may return.

Board President Sheri Washington said she was comfortable with appointing Lisiscki as acting superintendent and felt it was the best arrangement for the district.

“I do agree it is very noble to desire that our principals are in their building, but it’s even more imperative that we have a superintendent in our school district and someone to hold the responsibilities and duties of that office,” she said.

Board Secretary Mark Wilde concurred.

“This is an acting position which means it’s short-term,” Wilde said. “To have (Lisiscki) out of the school is not a major issue.

“I think it’s more important to have a competent leader at the superintendent position,” he said

Following Lisiscki’s appointment, Garrett was selected out of three candidates to fill Wimberly’s vacated seat.

Each candidate was presented with one question from each board member and two from Washington – ranging from specific scenarios to more general interview questions. Board members rated candidates’ answers on a scale from one to five, with five being the highest. The candidate with the greatest point total at the end of the interviews won the position.

Washington was pleased to see Garrett fill the open position and called him an “earnest and honest man” whose whole family has deep roots in Willow Run.

“He has all the qualities you want to see in a male role model today,” she said.

When Washington asked Garrett why he wanted to sit on the board of education at Willow Run, he replied that after a positive experience as a student 20 years ago, then after seeing the present situation, he wanted to help.

“I could be at other places doing other things, but my heart is with Willow Run,” he said. “I’ll be a Flyer forever.”

Washington said the board would have to choose a new vice-president.

Garrett will run in a general election in May to try to win the remaining year in Wimberly’s term.

Wimberly tendered his resignation to the board in an Oct. 5 letter in which he cited an “overbearing” board of education and “unprofessionalism” in the district as main reasons for his early departure.

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