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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

Ypsilanti Schools choose new assistant superintendent

Oak Park Preparatory Academy Principal Jennifer Martin's appointment as Ypsilanti Public Schools' new assistant superintendent of educational quality was unanimously approved by the district's school board Monday night. Photo by Dan DuChene

Oak Park Preparatory Academy Principal Jennifer Martin's appointment as Ypsilanti Public Schools' new assistant superintendent of educational quality was unanimously approved by the district's school board Monday night.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

School board approves appointment by unanimous decision

By Dan DuChene
May. 11, 2010    ·    4:17 p.m.


Jennifer Martin hopes to begin her role as Ypsilanti Public Schools' new assistant superintendent of educational quality before the district begins its next fiscal year at the end of June.

The district's board of education unanimously approved her two-year contract and $108,000 annual salary at its meeting Monday night. She will replace Richard Weigel, who accepted a position as superintendent of Niles Community Schools in April.

Martin is currently the principal of the Oak Park Preparatory Academy. Before her three years in Oak Park, she was the assistant principal of Detroit Technology High School for two years and administrative curriculum director for Joy Middle School for four years. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Wayne State University in 1995 and her master's degree in educational administration from WSU in 1999. She is currently pursuing doctorate from Walden University.

Before voting on the appointment, several members of the board expressed satisfaction that the board's human relations committee was able to review and approve the hiring. Trustees Sarah Devaney, Kira Berman and Vice President Linda Horne said they were pleased with the process.

Devaney said the lack of the committee's involvement in hiring incoming High School Principal Justin Moore was the reason she voted against Moore's appointment in April.

While the job was being posted, Trustee Andy Fanta had raised concerns about the title of assistant superintendent for the position replacing Weigel. Fanta said Weigel was hired in the district as a director and the assistant superintendent position was later given to him to help with his search for a superintendent position. Fanta suggested hiring Weigel's replacement as a director and not an assistant superintendent.

After Monday's meeting, Fanta said approving Martin's appointment was a different issue than the title that was posted for the job vacancy. He said he only considered her previous experience when deciding his vote on hiring her into the district.

Superintendent Dedrick Martin, who is not related to Jennifer, said the decision to hire her was heavily influenced by a presentation the candidates had to do during the selection process on the work they had done to close the achievement gap between white and minority students.

“Ms. Martin clearly distinguished herself as the head of the pack,” Dedrick Martin said during Monday's meeting. “We hope that she brings that same desire and ambition to this district.”

After her appointment was approved by the board, Jennifer Martin said she has a strong passion for educating youth and closing the achievement gap. She said the opportunity to pursue both of these goals was attracted her to the district.

A Farmington Hills resident, she said the Ypsilanti community attracted her as well. She highlighted the residents' cohesiveness and value of tradition as attractors, as well as the college-town feel of the area.

“I appreciate the support,” Jennifer Martin said of the unanimous decision by the board to approve her appointment.

She said she hopes to use the support to “hit the ground running.”

With both her current school district and YPS in deficit elimination proceedings, she said she has experience dealing with a limited and shrinking budget.



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