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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 strategic plan lacking in detail board says

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By Andrew Cipolla
Oct. 2, 2009    ·    10:41 a.m.


The Willow Run Board of Education was presented the 2009-2014 strategic plan, Thursday.

After the presentation the board expressed a need to know 'how' the plan would be implemented, stating the presentation was lacking in detail.

“I just want to know how you are going to do the things you are listing,” Trustee Joi Jeson said at Thursday evening's board meeting. “It is the entire presentation, I just want to know how.”

The report, organized by the strategic plans commission, outlined a number of critical changes aimed at improving the district, increasing enrollment, improving safety and maintaining a stronger budget.

“As far as project plans go this still is an outline of objectives, activities and success indicators,” said Board President Sheri Washington.

As an example, Washington used a section of the plan directed at improving technology in the class room. According to the presentation, students who have access to technology preform better then students who do not. Washington asked superintendent Dr. Doris Hope-Jackson how success would be measured.

“The administrators do review the lesson plans...to see how many teachers are using the technology and as our children improve their test scores we will be looking closely at those,” Dr. Jackson said.

“We need to look at how we can share that level of technology with every building and every classroom,” Washington said. “We have impacted the success and potential success of student achievement because we've removed the use of technology.”

At the middle school level there is one laptop per student. However, the high schools are lacking such technology. Student Joseph Jordan, a junior at Willow Run High School, expressed his concern regarding technology during citizen comments, having gone to the middle school and now the high school.

“I think [technology] would increase the MEAP scores and all of that because the MEAP is basically being able to read a lot,"Jordan said. "If your on the computer you have to read a lot.”

Another plan objective called to question by the board involved the building of trust between all stakeholders. Washington called this a very important objective saying, “It's the 'how' that we need to make sure we have some sound knowledge behind and a whole lot of accountability to be sure we are reaching these objectives.”

According to the budget portion of the plan, the district will have a positive fund balance in 5 years reaching an operating surpluses in just six months. Jackson said the board will receive addition information to clarify the strategic plan.

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