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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 supports regional school millage

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously supported a Washtenaw Intermediate School District proposed 2-mill property tax increase to boast districts' revenue in the region. Photo by Dan DuChene

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously supported a Washtenaw Intermediate School District proposed 2-mill property tax increase to boast districts' revenue in the region.

$1.6 million from property tax increase would go to district

By Dan DuChene
Jul. 24, 2009    ·    12:45 a.m.

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution supporting a 2-mill property tax proposal for Washtenaw County voters.

Richard Leyshock, assistant superintendent for the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District, made a presentation to the board at its meeting Thursday night.

Board Vice President Harold Wimberly and Doris Hope-Jackson, Willow Run superintendent, were absent from the meeting.

Leyshock said the tax increase, if approved by voters in the county’s 10 public school districts on the November ballot, would generate $30 million dollars. All of the money would be doled out to districts based on attendance.

He estimated Willow Run would receive $1.6 million based on last year’s head count with a $680 per-student payout.

Based on information passed out to the board, the millage would cost a tax payer $100 more a year if their home is valued at $100,000. The owner of a $300,000 home would pay $300 more a year.

Leyshock said the only district in the county yet to consider the proposal is Lincoln Consolidated Schools. He said every other board in the county has passed resolutions backing the proposal.

Lincoln is slated to consider the proposal at its meeting Monday.

He said it only takes a majority of the districts in the county supporting the proposal to place it on the Nov. 3 ballot. However, support has been unanimous.

“If we’re going to exist, we need this money,” Clifford Smith, a board trustee, said at the meeting.

“It’s certainly something we cannot afford not to be involved with,” he said.

The district is facing a $2.7 million, five-year deficit. Officials in the district have cited enrollment declines and decreases in state-shared revenue as the main causes behind its revenue shortage.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with the state’s cuts,” Dorothy Stewart, board treasurer, said. “Right now they seem to be going after schools.”

Leyshock said the WISD had conducted a survey of residents in the county before bringing the proposal for the county’s school boards for consideration. He said respondents “really supported the schools.

“It was a nice thing to see, in terms of the poll,” he said at the meeting.

He said the WISD has set an Aug. 4 meeting to consider the various resolutions passed by districts in the county.

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