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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

YPS finalizes superintendent contract with Martin

Ypsilanti Superintendent Dedrick Martin will be earning $140,000 a year in his new position, approved by the school board Monday night. Photo by Jim Cavanaugh

Ypsilanti Superintendent Dedrick Martin will be earning $140,000 a year in his new position, approved by the school board Monday night.
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New superintendent to make $140,000 per year

By Jim Cavanaugh
Sep. 15, 2009    ·    8:44 a.m.

Today marks the beginning of Dedrick Martin’s tenure as superintendent of Ypsilanti Public Schools. His contract was approved by the board of education last night, by a vote of 6-1.

Martin, a Muskegon native, previously served as the director of equity and achievement for the Champaign, Ill. unit four school district. Prior to that, he taught and served in administrative roles in Missouri City, Texas.

After being seated at the board table, Martin told members of the audience that with community support “we’re going to go on and do some great things.

“I’m very excited to finally be here,” he added. “I’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time.”

Martin said that there was no single thing he’d like to start working on right away. Instead, he said there were several items he felt he needed to tackle.

“Number one on my list is student achievement,” said Martin, adding that district financial issues, stabilizing and increasing enrollment and labor contract negotiations were also foremost on his mind.

Martin will receive a base salary of $140,000 per year. He will also receive a $300 monthly car allowance, $75 per month for a cellular phone and $1,500 will be placed in a 403(b) account after every year of service. If he completes his doctorate, he will receive another $2,500 per year.

Susan Bloom, a teacher with YPS, was concerned about the standard being set if Martin was offered $2,500 to finish his doctorate and it wasn’t offered to other staff members.

“It costs us the same amount of money that it costs a superintendent,” Bloom said.

Fanta, the lone ‘no’ vote to Martin’s contract, expressed concern about some of the language of the contract, asking that the board not guarantee Martin up to $3,200 in temporary housing expenses and $1,500 in reimbursement for membership in professional organizations.

“It’s not personal, it’s business,” Fanta said, noting some of the financial issues the district faces.

The board received the finalized contract shortly before the meeting and took a ten minute recess to go over the contract before voting on it. After the break and discussions among board members, President David Bates indicated that the contract could not be changed in good faith.

“So we’re faced with a fait accompli?” Fanta asked.

“I think that would be an accurate statement,” Bates replied.

Martin replaces Dr. James Hawkins, who has served as Ypsilanti superintendent since 2005, following the departure of David Zuhlke.


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