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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

Willow Run Board VP resigns

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Special board meeting announced for Tuesday

By Dan DuChene
Oct. 30, 2009    ·    3:24 p.m.


Harlod Wimberly, vice president for the Willow Run Board of Education, tendered his resignation from the board earlier this month.

Wimberly announced his resignation to other board members in a letter obtained by the Citizen, dated Oct. 5 and effective immediately.

In his letter, Wimberly cites an overbearing board of education and unprofessionalism in the district for his resignation.

The Willow Run Board of Education attempted to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday night, which Wimberly did not attend. Aside from a closed session, the agenda had the acceptance of a resignation and the appointment of an acting superintendent.

A second meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m. The agenda, received by the Citizen in an e-mail this afternoon, lists reviewing and interviewing potential board candidates in addition to the closed session and appointment of an acting superintendent.

Board President Sheri Washington would not comment on whose resignation the board was considering at Wednesday's canceled meeting.

“Unfortunately, I cannot say that it has been a pleasure serving on this board the entire last two years,” Wimberly said. “I have watched so painfully… intimidation, bullying, backstabbing, unprofessionalism and micromanaging to the highest.”

In his letter, Wimberly said these observations were made during the beginning of this school year as well.

“I ran for office in hopes of helping students be successful on their academic pathway and to decrease the 52 percent failure and dropout rate,” Wimberly said in his letter. “I also wanted to help create positive relationships between the board, administrative staff and teachers.”

He said students’ failing at “alarming rates” in the district is the “ultimate crime,” as it makes families “forced” to make arraignments to place children in other school districts.

“I have watched administrators feel stressed due to having to fight against the very people that should be working alongside them,” Wimberly said in his letter. “Students have to be the first order of business in any district and any percentage of failure should be viewed as something that is not tolerated.”

Wimberly, a youth pastor with Christian Love Fellowship Ministries said he can do more for area students as a community leader and parent than as a board member. He said this is his plan for the future.

“My prayer is that people would lay down their personal agendas and egos for the sake of creating a district that seeks first the education of children to the highest degree,” he said in his letter.

Messages left with Wimberly Thursday and Friday were not returned immediately. Washington was contacted for her comment on the matter as well. Check back with the Citizen for any updates on this developing story.

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