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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 sets closed meeting to discuss Jackson

The Willow Run Board of Education scheduled a closed meeting next week to discuss its superintendent, in regard to her resignation and later withdrawal this week. Photo by Dan DuChene

The Willow Run Board of Education scheduled a closed meeting next week to discuss its superintendent, in regard to her resignation and later withdrawal this week.

Meeting next week set to consider resignation, later withdrawal

By Dan DuChene
May. 22, 2009    ·    3:58 a.m.

The Willow Run Board of Education decided to hold a closed session meeting next week to discuss the performance of its superintendent.

The meeting was scheduled by the board at the end of Thursday night’s regular board meeting. The meeting will be held to discuss the recent events surrounding Superintendent Doris Hope-Jackson’s resignation, and her later withdrawal of the resignation.

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

Holding a meeting in closed session would allow the board to meet without the public present. It was discussed by the board during Thursday’s meeting to hold the closed session without Jackson present.

Not present at the meeting, Jackson had taken a personal day Thursday and Friday.

Jackson announced her resignation after a strategic planning session held Saturday afternoon. A letter of resignation was submitted Tuesday, and the original agenda, dispersed to the board Friday, was amended to reflect the necessary action.

A day later, Jackson sent an e-mail to the board and rescinded her resignation. She said Board Treasurer Dorothy Stewart had asked her to reconsider her resignation.

“It was affirmed after a person or group vandalized my vehicle at my temporary residence,” Jackson said in Wednesday’s e-mail.

The board was given a third agenda before Thursday night’s meeting with the consideration of Jackson’s resignation removed.

This chain of events is according to e-mails sent to the Citizen by Jackson, as well as statements from Smith, Board Vice President Sheri Washington and Board Secretary Mark Wilde after Thursday’s meeting.

Washington said she was not made aware of any official rescinding of Jackson’s resignation until she received the third agenda Thursday night.

“There are too many rumors out there,” Smith said after Thursday’s meeting. “We need to figure out which is true.

“We need to say something to the public,” he said.

All the board members interviewed Thursday night said they had heard at least some information about the situation by reading reports from the media.

The closed meeting was scheduled for May 29 at the conference room in the district’s administration office. It will be held at 6:30 p.m.

During the meeting, Wilde brought up concerns about holding a closed session meeting to discuss Jackson’s performance without her present. He said he thought she had to be “at least invited” to the meeting.

Under the permissible purposes to hold a meeting in closed session, 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.

Jackson was hired by the board in 2007 to replace out-going superintendent Ron Ciranna. She is in the second year of a three-year contract.

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