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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 to determine fate of suspended superintendent

Doris Hope-Jackson Photo by Citizen file

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Board schedules special meeting to consider termination, charges

By Adrienne Ziegler
Mar. 19, 2010    ·    12:47 a.m.

The Willow Run School Board will hold a special meeting next Thursday to determine the fate of former district Superintendent Doris Hope-Jackson.

The board will consider the charges against Hope-Jackson that led to her removal, as well as the immediate termination of her contract with the district, and whether to provide her with an evaluation of her performance as superintendent.

During the same meeting, the board will also consider charges against suspended Director of Student and Teacher Services Laconda Hicks, as well as whether or not to immediately terminate her contract with the district.

The board will also address the scheduling of hearings for both employees.

School Board President Sheri Washington refused to comment further on the specifics of the charges, citing the privacy of personnel matters.

"We’ve maintained the integrity of this process when it comes to personnel issues," Washington said. "It will all be public next week."

The school board removed Hope-Jackson as superintendent in December and reassigned her to the position of director of communication and assessment.

Prior to her reassignment, Hope-Jackson was absent for six weeks due to injuries she sustained in a car accident. While she was away, there was little communication from her, the board said.

During the previous school board meeting, it was alleged by former Board Trustee Andy Blakita that she has continued to receive her full salary and benefits, even though she was put on leave after the board reassigned her and she has been living out of state. The Ypsilanti Citizen has been unable to confirm these statements from the board or Hope-Jackson.

Former Kaiser Principal Laura Lisiscki has served as superintendent to the district since Hope-Jackson’s removal. The board gave her an indefinite contract for the position immediately after they removed Hope-Jackson.

The public meeting will be held March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the forum room at Willow Run High School.

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