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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 superintendent’s absence from accident

Willow Run Board of Education members plan to discuss appointing an acting superintendent to fill in for Doris Hope-Jackson, as she recovers from a car accident. Photo by Citizen file

Willow Run Board of Education members plan to discuss appointing an acting superintendent to fill in for Doris Hope-Jackson, as she recovers from a car accident.

Former board member says Jackson on bed rest from car accident

By Dan DuChene
Nov. 3, 2009    ·    1:08 p.m.

Harold Wimberly, former vice president for the Willow Run Board of Education, said the district’s superintendent would be absent because of a “terrible accident.”

Wimberly, who resigned from in early October, told the Citizen the extended absence the board had announced it was anticipating for Superintendent Doris Hope-Jackson was because she is on bed rest from a car accident last month. He said she had been hospitalized, but was now home recovering from her injuries.

The comments were made while Wimberly was discussing the contents of his resignation letter with the Citizen Monday evening.

At a cancelled emergency meeting called by the board Wednesday, Board President Sheri Washington explained the proposed discussion of appointing an acting superintendent for the district was due to an anticipated, but unexplained absence on Jackson’s part.

Both Washington and Board Secretary Mark Wilde said Jackson’s absence has been intermittent since the beginning of the school year. They said the board had been made aware that her absences would become more continuous and last longer. Neither board member would elaborate on the cause of Jackson’s absence.

Monday, Wimberly said he had not heard any discussion of an attendance problem with Jackson before her accident. He said the board should have informed the community about the circumstances surrounding the unexplained actions it was taking, so people wouldn’t “fill in gaps with assumptions.”

The Willow Run Board will be meeting tonight in a second attempt to hold the meeting it cancelled Wednesday. Starting at 5 p.m., with a closed executive session to discuss attorney-privilege, the board will discuss filling Wimberly’s vacant board seat and appointing an acting superintendent.

Unlike the agenda for Wednesday’s canceled meeting, tonight’s agenda allots time for audience participation. The new agenda also explains the resignation the board will be considering, as Wednesday’s agenda listed a resignation without specifying the individual leaving the district. Board members also wouldn’t comment on the matter.

Calls made to Washington were not immediately returned.

An e-mail sent to Jackson was returned with an automated response that read, “Dr. Jackson sustained injuries in a serious car accident. Email will be answered once physician restrictions have been removed. Thank you for your understanding.”

Stay with the Citizen for an update on tonight’s meeting, and for the comments made by Wimberly on his resignation.

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