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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Ypsilanti approves new assistant principal

The Ypsilanti Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of new high school assistant principal Kwame Stephens Monday night. Photo by James Cavanaugh

The Ypsilanti Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of new high school assistant principal Kwame Stephens Monday night.

School Board picks Kwame Stephens unanimously

By James Cavanaugh
Feb. 10, 2009    ·    10:29 a.m.

The Ypsilanti Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of new high school assistant principal Kwame Stephens Monday night.

Stephens has served as interim assistant principal at YHS since last summer, after the retirement of two other assistant principals.

The assistant principal interviewing committee met with Stephens on Jan. 22, resulting in unanimous support for his candidacy. The committee consists of two central office administrators, two principals, one teacher and one parent.

John Fulton, YPS executive director of human resources and member of the committee, spoke highly of Stephens.

“The high school administration, staff and parents have been very happy with [Stephens’] performance,” Fulton wrote in a memo to Superintendent James Hawkins.

Before his employment with Ypsilanti public schools, Stephens served in several positions in the Pontiac school district, including teacher, assistant athletic director and basketball coach.

Stephens’ salary will be $80,073 per year. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University in 1994 and his Master’s degree from Central Michigan University in 2003.


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