education http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti School Board of Education Adopts 'Solutions not Suspensions' Pledge http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-school-board-education-adopts-solutions-not-suspensions-pledge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Community Schools Board of Education has adopted the "</span><a href="http://stopsuspensions.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Solutions not Suspensions</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" pledge and a Student Code of Conduct.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pledge urges district to use suspensions and expulsions as a last resort, and while that philosophy isn't really a part of the <a href="http://www.ycschools.us/">Code of Conduct</a>, staff felt it was important to have the code in place for the rest of the school year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Changes in the language of the code are expected before next school year to better reflect the district's desire to focus on restorative rather than punitive practices. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:55:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 40036 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti School Board of Education Adopts 'Solutions not Suspensions' Pledge All But One Ypsilanti Community Schools Building to Open Friday http://wemu.org/post/all-one-ypsilanti-community-schools-building-open-friday <p>Problems that have forced the closure of Ypsilanti Community Schools the past couple of days have for the most part been resolved.&nbsp;</p><p>Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says only Ypsilanti Community Middle School - Willow Run Campus remains closed Friday as they wait for heating system parts to arrive.&nbsp;</p><p>Lisiscki says district staff has been working around the clock to get buildings ready to re-open, with some staffers so focused on their work that they had to be ordered to go home and get some rest.&nbsp;</p><p>Again, only Ypsilanti Community Middle School - Willow Run Campus is closed Friday in the Ypsilanti Community Schools district.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:37:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 40035 at http://wemu.org All But One Ypsilanti Community Schools Building to Open Friday YCS Board urged to adopt 'Solutions not Suspensions' Pledge http://wemu.org/post/ycs-board-urged-adopt-solutions-not-suspensions-pledge <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span>Ypsilanti-based<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Student Advocacy Center of Michigan wants the&nbsp;</span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Community Schools Board of Education to adopt a pledge to use student suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:42:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 39187 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community School Board Approves Graduation Requirements http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-school-board-approves-graduation-requirements <p></p><p></p><p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved graduation requirements that include senior projects designed to pique students' interest in&nbsp; what they might like to do after graduation.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Board President David Bates says senior projects are a lot of work, both for the student and for the staff who assist them, but the effort is worthwhile.</p><p>Bates says it's a chance for seniors to show what they can do with an Ypsilanti Community Schools education.</p><p>Ypsilanti Community Schools graduation requirements also dictate that students earn 23 credits, including 4 Math and English credits and 3 Science and Social Studies credits.&nbsp;</p><p>Staff who put the requirements together worked to find a "happy medium" that will allow seniors from the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts graduate.&nbsp; Their previous requirements didn't match up perfectly.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:58:58 +0000 Bob Eccles 39105 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community School Board Approves Graduation Requirements Ypsilanti Community School Board Approves Summer Tax Collection http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-school-board-approves-summer-tax-collection <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved collecting school taxes in the summer rather than in the winter.&nbsp;</p><p>Board President David Bates says summer tax collection is nothing new for district residents. The Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts had been collecting taxes in the summer prior to the consolidation.</p><p>Bates says summer tax collection means the district has to borrow less from the state while awaiting state aid payments, which in turn saves taxpayers money because the district is paying less in interest on money borrowed.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 02:57:14 +0000 Bob Eccles 38477 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community School Board Approves Summer Tax Collection Ypsilanti School Board Considers Summer Tax Collection http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-school-board-considers-summer-tax-collection <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved placing the question of whether to collect taxes in the summer rather than the winter on the agenda for its first meeting in December.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Superintendent Scott Menzel says a summer collection is something the board approved seperately last year for the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts.<br /><br />Menzel says there are benefits to a summer tax collection, including needing to borrow less money from the state to keep things going until the district's state aid payment is received.<br /><br />The board also approved a one-month extension to interim Technology Director Matthew McCarty's contract.&nbsp;</p><p>McCarty is leaving the district, and the extension will cover the period from November 1st through his last day with Ypsilanti Community Schools - December 6th.&nbsp;</p><p>And the board had a budget presentation from CFO Scott Johnson, who pegged the district's estimated 2013-14 year-end fund balance at $7.3 million - about $300,000 less than budgeted.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 02:30:30 +0000 Bob Eccles 37920 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti School Board Considers Summer Tax Collection Ypsilanti School Board Adopts Anti-Gun Resolution http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-school-board-adopts-anti-gun-resolution <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has adopted a resolution asking the state legislature to change the laws on the open carrying of firearms to specifically prohibit the practice on school property.&nbsp;</p><p>Board President David Bates says students need a safe environment to thrive, and staff need safe schools to properly do their jobs.<br /><br />The resolution adopted Monday night is similar to one adopted last month by the Rockford, Michigan school board. &nbsp;<br /><br />Also Monday night, the Ypsilanti Community Schools board approved a six-month contract with Margolis Companies for snow removal services.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:17:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 37272 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti School Board Adopts Anti-Gun Resolution Local Reaction to Michigan Senate Approving Common Core Funding http://wemu.org/post/local-reaction-michigan-senate-approving-common-core-funding <p>The Michigan Senate has restored funding to implement the Common Core educational standards. WEMU's Bob Eccles has reaction from one local school district.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:46:13 +0000 Bob Eccles 36851 at http://wemu.org Ypsi Community High School Sign finds Ypsi and Willow Run Grads Working Together http://wemu.org/post/ypsi-community-high-school-sign-finds-ypsi-and-willow-run-grads-working-together <p>Ypsilanti Community High School can thank graduates of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run high schools for a new electronic sign.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:39:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 36849 at http://wemu.org Ypsi Community High School Sign finds Ypsi and Willow Run Grads Working Together YCS Board Approves Coordinated School Health Team http://wemu.org/post/ycs-board-approves-coordinated-school-health-team <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved the creation of a Coordinated School Health Team. WEMU's Bob Eccles has details.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:42:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 36628 at http://wemu.org YCS Board Approves Coordinated School Health Team Free and Reduced Cost Lunch Program Unscathed by Government Shutdown - So Far http://wemu.org/post/free-and-reduced-cost-lunch-program-unscathed-government-shutdown-so-far <p>The program that offers students from low-income families the chance to enjoy a free or reduced cost lunch has not been affected by the partial federal government shutdown - yet. WEMU&#39;s Bob Eccles has the story.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:45:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 36181 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Approve $158k Alarm Systems; Hires Gibelyou As Facilities Director http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-approve-158k-alarm-systems-hires-gibelyou-facilities-director <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education&nbsp;</span><span class="Object" id="OBJ_PREFIX_DWT391_com_zimbra_date" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 139); cursor: pointer; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">last night</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">approved replacing the alarm systems in several district buildings.&nbsp; Superintendent Scott Menzel maintains that most of the new systems are being installed in former Willow Run school district buildings.</span></p><p><strong>Bob Eccles has the full story:</strong></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:26:27 +0000 Bob Eccles 36048 at http://wemu.org Head Start Services To Be Offered In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/head-start-services-be-offered-ypsilanti <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Community Schools Board of Education last night approved a contract with the </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Intermediate School District to provide Head Start services in the district. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:35:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 35110 at http://wemu.org Head Start Services To Be Offered In Ypsilanti Higher Than Expected Enrollment means More Teachers for YCS http://wemu.org/post/higher-expected-enrollment-means-more-teachers-ycs <p>With a couple of weeks of school in the books, Ypsilanti Community Schools is seeing something it didn't really expect: class sizes large enough to warrant hiring some additional teachers.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:48:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 35120 at http://wemu.org Grizzlies Fall in First-Ever Football Game http://wemu.org/post/grizzlies-fall-first-ever-football-game <p>Ypsilanti Community High School lost its first-ever football game to Milan in a contest that took a couple of days to decide.&nbsp; Friday night's game was suspended in the third quarter due to lightning, and continued Saturday afternoon.&nbsp; The final score: Milan 13, Ypsilanti Community High 6.&nbsp; The Grizzlies scored on a 34-yard pass from Mike Caldwell to Jalen Maxwell.&nbsp; The extra point attempt failed.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 00:46:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 34416 at http://wemu.org Grizzlies Fall in First-Ever Football Game Ypsilanti Grizzlies To Host First Ever Football Game Tonight http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-grizzlies-host-first-ever-football-game-tonight <p>Last year at this time, the football teams for the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts were preparing to open separate football seasons. Now, the districts have consolidated.</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools will field its first ever football team tonight as the Grizzlies host the Milan Big Reds.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:27:44 +0000 Bob Eccles 34326 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Grizzlies To Host First Ever Football Game Tonight Ypsilanti Community Schools To Lease Out Building, Two Others Unused http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-lease-out-building-two-others-unused <p>When classes start in Ypsilanti Community Schools next week, there will be some buildings that won't be in use.&nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at what'll happen with those buildings:</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:46:58 +0000 Bob Eccles 34255 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools To Lease Out Building, Two Others Unused YCS Looks Forward To Better Transportation For Students http://wemu.org/post/ycs-looks-forward-better-transportation-students <p>The newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools begin classes next Tuesday. The district results from the merger of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts. Last year, each district faced bussing and transportation issues, in large part due to student crossover in the separate districts. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the transportation system for students is expected to run more smoothly this academic year.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:46:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 34201 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools To Launch Without Union Contracts In Place http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-launch-without-union-contracts-place <p>On September 3rd, classes will be held for the first time in the newly formed Ypsilanti Community Schools.&nbsp;</p><p>As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, when teachers and staff had to work next Tuesday, they will do so without benefit of&nbsp; union negotiated contracts.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:03:02 +0000 Bob Eccles 34148 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools To Launch Without Union Contracts In Place YCS Board of Education To Take Action On Several Items Before Start Of School Year http://wemu.org/post/ycs-board-education-take-action-several-items-start-school-year <p>It may not be terribly exciting, but tonight's agenda for the Ypsilanti Community schools Board of Education includes some items important to helping the newly-formed district get the school year started on the right foot. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>WEMU's Bob Eccles provides a preview of tonight's session:</strong></p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:55:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 33777 at http://wemu.org YCS Board of Education To Take Action On Several Items Before Start Of School Year YCS Staff Report For Work http://wemu.org/post/ycs-staff-report-work <p>The staff of Ypsilanti Community Schools held its first day of professional development Thursday.&nbsp; WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:25:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 33355 at http://wemu.org YCS Staff Report For Work YCS Board Approves Bell Time Changes http://wemu.org/post/ycs-board-approves-bell-time-changes <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved changes to district bell times that'll see students released earlier than originally planned. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:19:51 +0000 Bob Eccles 33179 at http://wemu.org YCS Board Approves Bell Time Changes YCS Board of Education To Consider Some Changes to Class Start Times http://wemu.org/post/ycs-board-education-consider-some-changes-class-start-times <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education tonight will consider tweaking the start time for classes at its meeting tonight.&nbsp; The district planned to have each student to spend seven-and-a-half hours in school every day, but it's being proposed to reduce that by fifteen minutes.&nbsp;</p><p>Currently, classes at Ypsilanti Community High School are set to begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.&nbsp; Under a proposed change, the high school would let out at 3:15 p.m. &nbsp;instead.&nbsp; Ypsilanti Community Middle School would have the same bell times.&nbsp; Classes in district elementary schools would start at 9:10 a.m. and let out at 4:25 p.m, rather than 4:40 p.m.&nbsp; The school day at Ypsilanti New Tech would run from 7:50 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:27:13 +0000 Bob Eccles 33128 at http://wemu.org YCS Board of Education To Consider Some Changes to Class Start Times The Newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools Launch Marketing Campaign http://wemu.org/post/newly-formed-ypsilanti-community-schools-launch-marketing-campaign <p>If you haven't seen an ad for the new Ypsilanti Community school on an&nbsp;</p><p>AATA bus or billboard yet, chances are it won't be long before you do. &nbsp;</p><p>As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the district is assertively marketing itself in the community.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:52:26 +0000 Bob Eccles 32933 at http://wemu.org The Newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools Launch Marketing Campaign Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Has Concerns With Proposed Evaluation System http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-superintendent-has-concerns-proposed-evaluation-system <p>Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent has some problems with a new proposed evaluation system for public schools teachers and administrators.&nbsp; The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness presented the recommendation to Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers earlier this month.&nbsp; The recommendations could be considered this fall and put in place by 2015.</p><p>Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Scott Menzel says performance should be judged on the building level not the performance of individual teachers.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 04:29:48 +0000 Bob Eccles 32867 at http://wemu.org