willow run http://wemu.org en Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-close-purchase-agreement <p>A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:35:21 +0000 Associated Press 45776 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement Lot Of Work Still Needed To Save Portion Of Willow Run Bomber Plant http://wemu.org/post/lot-work-still-needed-save-portion-willow-run-bomber-plant <div>Smiling faces abound at the Yankee Air Museum as they are set to clear the first hurdle in saving a portion of the Willow Run bomber plant. &nbsp;A lot of work however is still needed to achieve their goal.</div><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:09:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45241 at http://wemu.org Lot Of Work Still Needed To Save Portion Of Willow Run Bomber Plant 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 Yankee Air Museum Holding Ceremony and Tour at Willow Run Airport Saturday http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-holding-ceremony-and-tour-willow-run-airport-saturday <p>We should soon have a better idea of how the Yankee Air Museum is doing in its effort to raise enough money to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant for its new home.&nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:12:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 36799 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Holding Ceremony and Tour at Willow Run Airport Saturday YCS Approves Agreement For Extended State Debt Repayment http://wemu.org/post/ycs-approves-agreement-extended-state-debt-repayment <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Thursday night approved entering into a contract with the state that will allow the district more time to pay off debt and remove Ypsilanti Community Schools from the ranks of Michigan's "deficit districts".&nbsp;</p><p>The district has $18.8 million in state aid notes from the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts that are due August 20th.&nbsp; The state will give the district 13 years to pay off the debt.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:48:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 32757 at http://wemu.org YCS Approves Agreement For Extended State Debt Repayment Ypsilanti Community Schools to Seek Debt Payment Extension http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-seek-debt-payment-extension <p>The <a href="http://www.ycschools.us">Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education</a> will meet tonight in what, technically, is it's first-ever regular session. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on the agenda before the board tonight.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:12:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 32184 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools to Seek Debt Payment Extension State Reps Rutledge And Rogers Address YCS Board Of Education http://wemu.org/post/state-reps-rutledge-and-rogers-address-ycs-board-education <p>Democratic State Representative David Rutledge and his Republican colleague Bill Rogers addressed the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education at its organizational meeting Monday morning.&nbsp; Click below to hear their comments.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:06:59 +0000 Bob Eccles 31567 at http://wemu.org State Reps Rutledge And Rogers Address YCS Board Of Education YCS Born As Board Members Sworn In http://wemu.org/post/ycs-born-board-members-sworn <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools district was officially born this morning, as the Board of Education held its organizational meeting.</p><p>The Oath of Office was administered to trustees by State Representative David Rutledge.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:33:30 +0000 Bob Eccles 31566 at http://wemu.org YCS Born As Board Members Sworn In The New Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Holds First Organizational Meeting http://wemu.org/post/new-ypsilanti-community-schools-board-education-holds-first-organizational-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An organizational meeting this morning wraps up eight months of intense work and preparation for the creation of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts. Bob Eccles has a preview of today's first-ever session for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:27:36 +0000 Bob Eccles 31554 at http://wemu.org The New Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Holds First Organizational Meeting Ypsilanti Community School Teachers Given Assignments http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-school-teachers-given-assignments <p>Teachers who'll be making the jump from the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts to<a href="http://www.ycschools.us/"> Ypsilanti Community Schools</a> have been given their building and grade assignments.&nbsp;</p><p>Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says trying to place teachers where they wanted to teach was a daunting task.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:25:43 +0000 Bob Eccles 30346 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community School Teachers Given Assignments Calendar and Schedules Set for New Ypsilanti Community Schools http://wemu.org/post/calendar-and-schedules-set-new-ypsilanti-community-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bell times, bus scheduling and an academic year calendar are now in place for the&nbsp;</span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Community School District that&nbsp; begins its official existence on July&nbsp;</span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. As&nbsp;</span>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Bob&nbsp;</span>Eccles<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports, the decisions were finalized Monday night.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:21:49 +0000 Bob Eccles 30323 at http://wemu.org Calendar and Schedules Set for New Ypsilanti Community Schools Ypsilanti Community Schools Schedule and Transportation Plan Near Completion http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-schedule-and-transportation-plan-near-completion <p>The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night talked about proposed bell times, transportation details and a district calendar for Ypsilanti Community Schools.&nbsp; WEMU's Bob Eccles was there, and filed this report.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 12:12:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 29861 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Schedule and Transportation Plan Near Completion Unified School Board Discusses Naming Rights for District Facilities http://wemu.org/post/unified-school-board-discusses-naming-rights-district-facilities <p>The Unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night talked about setting guidelines for naming Ypsilanti Community Schools facilities.&nbsp; WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the details</p><p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 10:56:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 29191 at http://wemu.org Unification Of Ypsilanti And Willow Run School Districts Fast Approaching http://wemu.org/post/unification-ypsilanti-and-willow-run-school-districts-fast-approaching <p>The process of&nbsp; unifying the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts into Ypsilanti Community Schools is rolling along.&nbsp; The new district is officially "born" on July 1.&nbsp; WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel about the unification process, and what's left to do before the end of June.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 22:26:11 +0000 Bob Eccles 29181 at http://wemu.org Unification Of Ypsilanti And Willow Run School Districts Fast Approaching YCS Chooses Former NFL Player As Athletic Director http://wemu.org/post/ycs-chooses-former-nfl-player-athletic-director <p>Ypsilanti Community Schools will have a former National Football League player as its first Athletic Director.&nbsp;</p><p>Lamanzer Williams has approved an offer to assume the position when the district is officially created on July 1st.&nbsp;</p><p>Williams played football with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, along with the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe.&nbsp;</p><p>He's a Willow Run High School Hall-of-Fame inductee who has earned degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Concordia Chicago University and Grand Valley State University.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:13:14 +0000 Bob Eccles 29006 at http://wemu.org YCS Chooses Former NFL Player As Athletic Director Pay Scale Approved For Ypsilanti Community Schools Teachers, Principals http://wemu.org/post/pay-scale-approved-ypsilanti-community-schools-teachers-principals <p>The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has approved a performance-based compensation system for Ypsilanti Community Schools teachers and principals.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:27:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 28598 at http://wemu.org Pay Scale Approved For Ypsilanti Community Schools Teachers, Principals Ypsi-Willow Run Unified School Board Approves Mascot, Colors http://wemu.org/post/ypsi-willow-run-unified-school-board-approves-mascot-colors <p>It’s official – the mascot for Ypsilanti Community Schools is the Grizzlies, and the school colors are black and “Vegas” gold. &nbsp;</p><p>The unified school board Thursday night accepted the recommendation of its Name and Identity Advisory Group.&nbsp;</p><p>A new mascot and colors means buying things like new uniforms and signs.&nbsp; Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel says that’ll be covered by a six million dollar grant from the state.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:50:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 28540 at http://wemu.org Ypsi-Willow Run Unified School Board Approves Mascot, Colors Students Choose 'Grizzlies' For YCS Mascot http://wemu.org/post/students-choose-grizzlies-ycs-mascot <p>Students in the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts have voted, and it looks like the mascot for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools will be the Grizzlies.&nbsp;</p><p>Students in grades seven through 12 voted, and more than 45 percent chose Grizzlies.&nbsp; A little over 30 percent liked Trailblazers, and Flyers got less than 20 percent of the vote.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:25:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 28468 at http://wemu.org YCS Internal Teacher Interviews Wrapping Up, Process Has Had Glitches http://wemu.org/post/ycs-internal-teacher-interviews-wrapping-process-has-had-glitches <p>The interview process for internal Ypsilanti and Willow Run teacher candidates who want to continue their work with Ypsilanti Community Schools next year is just about over.&nbsp;</p><p>Ypsilanti Education Association President Krista Boyer says Ypsilanti teachers have been notified that all but three of their internal candidates have been interviewed, with the last interviews taking place next week.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:44:26 +0000 Bob Eccles 28270 at http://wemu.org Principals Hired For Ypsilanti Community Schools http://wemu.org/post/principals-hired-ypsilanti-community-schools <p>The new unified Ypsilanti and Willow Run school district is expected to hire nine principals, and six of those jobs have now been filled by internal candidates from both districts.&nbsp;</p><p>Nearly two dozen internal candidates applied for the jobs, and some may find other positions with Ypsilanti Community Schools.&nbsp;</p><p>Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel says there are three principal positions yet to fill, and those will likely go to external candidates.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:48:10 +0000 Bob Eccles 27992 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Colors Set; Mascot To Be Determined By Students http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-colors-set-mascot-be-determined-students <p>The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has approved black and “Vegas” gold as the colors for Ypsilanti Community Schools.&nbsp;</p><p>That was the recommendation from the board’s Name and Identity Advisory Group, which also suggested the board put three potential mascots up for a student vote: Trailblazers, Grizzlies and Flyers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Students in grades seven through 12 will vote on a mascot next week, with the winning choice to be approved by the unified school board at its April 24<sup>th</sup> meeting.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:01:17 +0000 Bob Eccles 27952 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Colors Set; Mascot To Be Determined By Students Consolidated District Sets Schools Configuration http://wemu.org/post/consolidated-district-sets-schools-configuration <p></p><p></p><p>High school students in the new Ypsilanti Community School District will attend Ypsilanti High School next year.&nbsp; Middle school students will attend classes at what is now Willow Run High School and the adjoining Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:31:16 +0000 Bob Eccles 27421 at http://wemu.org Consolidated District Sets Schools Configuration Meeting Saturday on Building Use and Small Learing Communities http://wemu.org/post/meeting-saturday-building-use-and-small-learing-communities <p>This weekend you have the chance to learn more about the Small Learning Communities educational model chosen for middle and high school students in the Ypsilanti Community Schools.&nbsp;</p><p>A public meeting Saturday will also help to determine which school buildings are best suited for Small Learning Communities, and which might not be used next year.<br><br>Saturday's meeting runs from ten to noon at Ypsilanti New Tech at Ardis, 2100 Ellsworth Road.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:19:59 +0000 Bob Eccles 27125 at http://wemu.org Meeting Saturday on Building Use and Small Learing Communities Generational Differences Evident At Mascot/School Colors Forum http://wemu.org/post/generational-differences-evident-mascotschool-colors-forum <p>A group of about 35 people, most of them students, got together last night in the Ypsilanti High School media center to talk about mascot and school colors suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools.&nbsp;</p><p>The generational divide between the students and the adults was obvious, as most of the adults favored a mascot with historical significance, such as Bombers or Liberators, and the kids preferred something new, like Royals or Grizzlies.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:15:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 27030 at http://wemu.org Generational Differences Evident At Mascot/School Colors Forum Board Acts on Layoffs and Schools of Choice http://wemu.org/post/board-acts-layoffs-and-schools-choice <p>The joint Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board approved layoffs and schools of choice designation at its meeting Monday night.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:35:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 26936 at http://wemu.org Board Acts on Layoffs and Schools of Choice