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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 considers video policy

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Board discusses placing cameras in bathrooms, locker rooms

By Dan DuChene
Dec. 10, 2008    ·    3:53 p.m.

At Monday night’s meeting, Ypsilanti Public Schools’ Board of Education discussed the possibility of installing video cameras in district bathrooms and locker rooms.

The discussion came up as the board was reviewing its security and video surveillance policy toward the end of the meeting. It was eventually sent back to the policy committee for further review and additional conditions and specificity.

Among other proposed changes to the existing policy, including signing, notification and reporting, a new paragraph was added that would have given the district the option to possibly install video surveillance equipment in district bathrooms and locker rooms.

The policy stated the move would only be appropriate “when there are serious concerns and when person monitoring is not effective or practical.”

Additionally, the superintendent would be required to get board approval before actually putting the policy into use and would “require strict controls to assure there is no unreasonable violation of privacy.”

Board Vice President Linda Horne was the first to raise concerns about the idea at the meeting.

“I think the public, as well as myself, would have some concerns,” Horne said.

Trustee Andy Fanta said he sees “it as an egregious invasion of privacy.”

He echoed Horne’s desire to get input from the community.

“I don’t think it’s something we should necessarily pull, but something we should discuss,” Fanta said. “I want to hear from members of the audience.”

At this point in the meeting, most audience members had left as it was near the end of the agenda.

Superintendent James Hawkins said, “They’re not going to put cameras in the bathroom.”

He said the district would only consider the use under the most extreme circumstances, such as sever criminal activity.
Board President David Bates pointed out the board would have to consider the move even if a situation did develop that warranted the use. He said the conversation itself would likely stem the use based on unnecessary causes.

“You’re not doing it unless the board agrees,” he said. “It’s going to be discussed by seven people”

Trustee Edward Jackson said, “This would only be done to ensure the safety of the general school population.”

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