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

Ypsi Schools restart superintendent search

The Ypsilanti Schools' Board of Education met Monday night to begin the second search for a superintendent, after the board could not choose a candidate in May. Photo by Jim Cavanaugh

The Ypsilanti Schools' Board of Education met Monday night to begin the second search for a superintendent, after the board could not choose a candidate in May.
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EMU purchases Fletcher Elementary for $2.2 million

By Jim Cavanaugh
Jul. 14, 2009    ·    12:10 p.m.


The Ypsilanti Board of Education re-embarked on its search for a new superintendent, Monday night.

The Board, looking to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. James Hawkins, could not come to an agreement on a new superintendent in May. Neither finalist, Dr. Theresa Saunders of East St. Louis District 189 or Richard Weigel of Ypsilanti Public Schools, was able to garner enough support to be named superintendent.

Approximately 35 applications were sent to the board by the new July 3 deadline. Those 35 included 17 applications from those who were part of the first round search that the board decided to re-examine.

The board decided to consider five applicants, two of which are from the newest round of applications.

For privacy reasons, the board will not release the names of the applicants until each one has agreed to allow their name to be made public.

Despite receiving a fresh batch of applications, not all were particularly impressed by the new applicants’ qualifications.

“I was not enthralled or terribly excited about any of the second round of applicants,” Board president David Bates said, adding that his heart “sank lower and lower and lower” as he looked through the applications.

Trustee Kira Berman told the board that no one on the new list of applicants made her “do backflips,” but indicated she was willing to consider a few of the most recent applications.

As he did after receiving the first round of applications several months ago, Trustee Andrew Fanta chose not to support any of the candidates.

“I consider this school district to be a treasure and I do not believe these people to be first caliber,” Fanta said.

He added that he preferred to hire an interim superintendent and continue the search later.

Although Fanta told the board he did not support any of the applicants, he also indicated that he’d be a “good team player” and take part in the interview process once it began.

Once the process begins, there may be some changes compared to how the board interviewed candidates in May.

Dr. Michael Emlaw of the Michigan Association of School Boards, whom the board hired to assist with the search, recommended the board consider not actually conducting site visits as these may prove to be of little value during summer vacation. Instead he suggested getting a list of 20 colleagues and community members from the applicants and doing a more intense search through those references.

The board plans to conduct interviews during the first week of August and hopes to have a decision on a new superintendent not long after.

In other YPS news:

The board approved the sale of Fletcher Elementary School to Eastern Michigan University for $2.2 million.

EMU President Susan Martin attended Monday’s meeting and told the board she was pleased the school will continue to be used for educational purposes. EMU plans to use the school for an autism center and to house its children’s institute.

“I think it’s a real win-win for the school district, the university and our community,” Martin said, regarding the sale.



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