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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

West Middle School gets new assistant principal

The Ypsilanti Board of Education met Monday night and approved the hiring of Aaron Rose for West Middle School assistant principal. Rose is a YPS alum and has worked in the district for nine years. Photo by Jim Cavanaugh

The Ypsilanti Board of Education met Monday night and approved the hiring of Aaron Rose for West Middle School assistant principal. Rose is a YPS alum and has worked in the district for nine years.

YPS also approves YCUA easement

By Jim Cavanaugh
Aug. 11, 2009    ·    12:07 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring Aaron Rose Monday night to serve as the new West Middle School assistant principal.

Rose, who has worked for the district for nine years, taught math at East Middle School last year. He previously taught third, fourth and fifth grades at Adams Math and Science Academy while also serving as the head teacher and substitute principal.

“He’s done a fine job as a math teacher at East Middle School,” Board President David Bates said. “He’ll do great things at West Middle School.”

Not only has Rose served as a teacher in the district, he’s also an Ypsilanti alum.

“I’m extremely excited to be working in the district I graduated from,” Rose said.

According to a memo sent by John Fulton, YPS human resources director, Rose was highly recommended by the interviewing committee, which included Superintendent James Hawkins and two teachers from West Middle School.

“He clearly was the number one candidate,” Hawkins said. “Every person on the committee ranked him number one.”

Fulton spoke highly of Rose’s eight years spent working at Adams Academy, highlighting some of the work he did while that school’s principal was out on leave.

“Aaron did a superior job of running the building in her absence,” Fulton said.

Rose received his bachelor’s degree in 2000 and master’s degree in educational administration in 2005, both from Eastern Michigan University. He has also attended the Washtenaw County Administrator’s Academy.

In addition to hiring a new assistant principal, the board also approved an easement requested by the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority near the southeast corner of East Middle School at Tyler and Emerick streets.

According to documentation, YCUA intends to install a sanitary sewer and pump station near the school and will pay $5,000 to YPS for use of the land. YCUA is forbidden from leasing the space to other utility companies and will be the only entity allowed install hardware at the location.

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