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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

Ypsi Schools takes first step in selecting superintendent

James Hawkins, superintendent for Ypsilanti Public Schools, sits with the Board of Education as they select the Michigan Association of School Boards to select his replacement. Photo by Dan DuChene

James Hawkins, superintendent for Ypsilanti Public Schools, sits with the Board of Education as they select the Michigan Association of School Boards to select his replacement.
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Michigan Association of School Boards chosen to help find Hawkins’ replacement

By Dan DuChene
Jan. 13, 2009    ·    1:29 a.m.


Ypsilanti Public Schools unanimously selected the Michigan Association of School Boards last night to help find its new superintendent

Michael Emlaw, a consultant for MASB, will serve as the point man for the district at a $7,500 cost. The Michigan Leadership Institute was the board’s second pick, and made a $9,000 bid.

The product of the district’s search will replace current superintendent, Dr. James Hawkins. After two contract extensions, Hawkins was hired by the district in 2005 on an interim basis to replace David Zuhlke when he stepped down from his post.

Hawkins came out of retirement to fill the vacancy. He had previously served as superintendent for the district from 1984 to 1990. His contract is set to expire in June, and he currently earns approximately $170,000 a year.

“We want to begin the process of getting the word out that Ypsilanti is looking for a superintendant,” Emlaw said to the board during the meeting, before the MASB was selected.

Emlaw, who was the MASB consultant chosen by Lincoln Consolidated School, which selected Lynn Cleary as its superintendent this past summer, laid out a rough chain of events that will lead to Ypsilanti Schools selecting its new superintendent.

The first step, Emlaw told the board, was choosing a timeline. He said the MASB would then start listing the position on the Internet. While applications are collected, Emlaw said search criteria would be gathered from the board, district staff, the community and students. The board will then narrow those criteria to create a profile to narrow and evaluate candidates.

Kira Berman, a board trustee, said she liked that MASB would be making a point to get information from the community.

“I feel that is an important part of the process,” Berman said.

Board President David Bates agreed with Berman.

“I certainly want community input,” he said.

Trustee Andy Fanta said the MASB would be laying the ground work for the search, and collecting information from interested parties, but pointed out the board would be ultimately responsible for selecting the new superintendent.

“We have to come up with the questions,” Fanta said. “We have to come up with a profile for the superintendent.”



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