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 looks at shared services

The Ypsilanti School Board voted 7-0 Monday night to allow the district to look into the possibility of sharing services with the Willow Run School District. Board said shared services could start next year. Photo by James Cavanaugh

The Ypsilanti School Board voted 7-0 Monday night to allow the district to look into the possibility of sharing services with the Willow Run School District. Board said shared services could start next year.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

District considers partnering with Willow Run

By James Cavanaugh
Mar. 24, 2009    ·    12:08 a.m.


The Ypsilanti School Board voted 7-0 Monday night to allow the district to look into the possibility of sharing services with the Willow Run School District.

According to a report issued by YPS, Michigan school districts have been encouraged by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to engage in shared services, as a means of reducing costs.

“This is a conversation really initiated by the governor,” Superintendent James Hawkins said.

Hawkins added, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District had been in discussions with all 10 county school districts regarding shared services. The talks between Ypsilanti and Willow Run partially initiated out of that.

Board President David Bates and Vice President Laura Horne have already spoken with board officials from Willow Run, and according to Bates, discussions have gone well. Hawkins and Bates both said the Lincoln Consolidated District also participated in initial talks, but has since dropped out.

Although there have already been meetings between district officials, Hawkins said he expects talks to continue in the immediate future.

“We’re contemplating looking to do something for the 2009-2010 school year,” Hawkins said. “There’s a sense of urgency.”

Last week, the Willow Run Board of Education voted to explore the possibility of sharing services with neighboring public school districts. Willow Run faces a $2.7 million deficit and if it does not reach fiscal stability, the state could take over administration of the district.

“I think the Willow Run Board of Education is interested in making the most of their money,” Bates said.

He added, discussions regarding services are in an early phase, and he’s not sure how they’ll work out.

“We’re going into this eyes open,” Bates said. “There aren’t any preconceived ideas about how this is going to work.”

Hawkins said teachers might even be shared between districts, pointing out some districts might only have a need for a French teacher for two or three class periods. That district could share a teacher with another district.

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