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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

Ypsilanti discusses county school bus consolidation
By Dan DuChene
May. 25, 2010   ·   11:42 a.m.

Jim Regan, of Transportation Strategies LLC, and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Assistant Superintendent Brian Marcel deliver a proposal to consolidate transportation across the county to the Ypsilanti School Board.

Ypsilanti Public Schools' Board of Education will be holding a special meeting next month to consider the decision to adopt a county-wide bus consolidation plan.

The...read more

Willow Run terminates student services administrator

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. Photo by Citizen file

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.
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Board finds Hicks received additional pay, fraudulently obtained contract

By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 26, 2010    ·    12:26 a.m.

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate its contract with former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks Tuesday night during a special meeting.

The board determined Hicks knowingly violated her contract during her tenure with Willow Run. They voted that she received more pay than she was due, misused paid sick time, performed unauthorized research for her doctorate using Willow Run students and staff and fraudulently obtained a new contract with the board that included additional pay and benefits.

The board has been conducting closed due process hearings against Hicks since April 13. The board removed both Hicks and former Superintendent Doris Hope-Jackson from their administrative positions in December, and placed them on paid administrative leave during an investigation into alleged misconduct.

Several of the district’s charges against Hicks indicate that she “colluded” with Hope-Jackson to receive additional pay and paid time off.

At this point, it’s unclear whether the district will request repayment of misappropriated funds paid to Hicks, or whether they will file additional criminal charges against her.

“We haven’t ruled any further action out,” said Board President Sheri Washington.

Washington also said that she didn’t know whether Hicks would file wrongful termination litigation against the district.

“It’s a litigious state,” Washington said. “Nothing would surprise me.”

The district expects to begin hearings against former Hope-Jackson in the coming weeks. The board has brought similar charges against Hope-Jackson, including misappropriating funds and violating her contract with the district.

Neither Hicks nor Hope-Jackson were present at the meeting and could not be reached for comment.

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