Ypsilanti Citizen Education Sidetrack

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

YPS, Lincoln agree to discuss service consolidation

The Ypsilanti Board of Education passed a 7-0 resolution calling on YPS to “discuss options for the consideration and sharing of services” with the Lincoln Board of Education, which also passed a similar resolution Monday. Photo by Jim Cavanaugh

The Ypsilanti Board of Education passed a 7-0 resolution calling on YPS to “discuss options for the consideration and sharing of services” with the Lincoln Board of Education, which also passed a similar resolution Monday.
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Talks to be facilitated by Washtenaw Intermediate School District

By Jim Cavanaugh
Jun. 9, 2009    ·    10:17 a.m.


With both districts facing tight budgets, Ypsilanti Public Schools and the Lincoln Consolidated School District may soon begin working together to save money.

Monday night, the Ypsilanti Board of Education passed a 7-0 resolution calling on YPS to “discuss options for the consideration and sharing of services” with the Lincoln Board of Education, which also passed a similar resolution.

Both districts face significant financial hurdles. Ypsilanti is facing a deficit between $1.4 and $4 million. Last month, Lincoln proposed more than $2 million in budget cuts.

Both districts are required to have balanced budgets by the beginning of the fiscal year. If they do not, they must submit a deficit elimination plan to the state.

According to YPS Board President David Bates, talks to begin combining services between the two districts began informally last summer.

“I was very, very pleased to be contacted by [Lincoln] Board President Samuelson about picking up those discussions,” Bates said.

At Lincoln’s board meeting, Samuelson said both school boards recognized the strenuous financial situation. She added that other school boards have been tentatively contacted, but not officially.

YPS Vice President Linda Horne inquired about the possibility of Willow Run joining in the talks.

“I know it there would be more savings if it were three districts,” Horne said. “Is that something we’re going to think about, too?”

Bates responded, saying that Willow Run had other issues it needed to work out before it considered joining in the talks between YPS and Lincoln, but indicated he was hopeful for future talks.

“We want keep the possibility and opportunities open,” Bates said.

The discussions will be facilitated by Washtenaw Intermediate School District President Bill Miller and will take place at the WISD.



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