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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 budget shortfall less than expected


Spending cuts, increased enrollment, tentative teacher pay cuts put the district in the black by 2014

By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 2, 2010    ·    2:10 p.m.

The Willow Run School District predicts their budget deficit will grow by nearly $300,000 this school year, putting the district $3.3 million in the red, administrators said at Thursday night’s board meeting.

Earlier in the year, the district was looking at an additional $2 million in budget shortfalls.

District officials approved a deficit elimination plan and revised budget Thursday that estimates they will have a positive fund balance by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

Interim Director of Finance and Operations Bert Emerson presented a revised budget to the board during the meeting.

Emerson proposed the district cut spending in a number of areas like utilities and supplies. He also predicted enrollment increases of 50 students per year, which would increase state funding to the district.

During the 2009-2010 school year, Willow Run enacted a number of cost-saving measures, including closing Kettering Elementary and laying off 25 teachers and several other staff.

Emerson also predicted a number of more expensive senior staff will retire this year, allowing the district to recall some of those laid off.

According to the budget elimination plan, the district also reached a tentative agreement with teachers on March 30 that included a 4 percent reduction in salary, and foregoing seniority increments until 2013-2014. The board has not approved the agreement, but went into closed session after the meeting to discuss the negotiations.

With these changes to the budget, the district was able to bring this year’s projected deficit down to $300,000 instead of $2 million.

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