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Education
10:21 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Calendar and Schedules Set for New Ypsilanti Community Schools

   Bell times, bus scheduling and an academic year calendar are now in place for the Ypsilanti Community School District that  begins its official existence on July 1st. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the decisions were finalized Monday night.

 

Education
7:26 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Farewell Party for Ypsilanti Public Schools Scheduled for Saturday

 A party on Saturday will serve as a farewell to the current Ypsilanti School District. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports After 164-years, the district will cease to exist when it officially merges with the Willow Run district to become Ypsilanti Community Schools.

 

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Education
8:12 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Schedule and Transportation Plan Near Completion

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night talked about proposed bell times, transportation details and a district calendar for Ypsilanti Community Schools.  WEMU's Bob Eccles was there, and filed this report. 

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Unfied School Board
6:56 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Unified School Board Discusses Naming Rights for District Facilities

The Unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night talked about setting guidelines for naming Ypsilanti Community Schools facilities.  WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the details

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Local News
6:26 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Unification Of Ypsilanti And Willow Run School Districts Fast Approaching

WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel
Credit Bob Eccles

The process of  unifying the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts into Ypsilanti Community Schools is rolling along.  The new district is officially "born" on July 1.  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.

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Local News
5:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

YCS Chooses Former NFL Player As Athletic Director

Lamanzer Williams
Credit hollandsentinel.com

Ypsilanti Community Schools will have a former National Football League player as its first Athletic Director. 

Lamanzer Williams has approved an offer to assume the position when the district is officially created on July 1st. 

Williams played football with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, along with the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe. 

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. 

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Local News
7:27 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Pay Scale Approved For Ypsilanti Community Schools Teachers, Principals

(left to right) Unified school board members Tony VanDerworp and Celeste Hawkins and board Vice-President Don Garrett, Jr.
Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has approved a performance-based compensation system for Ypsilanti Community Schools teachers and principals. 

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:31 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Consolidated District Sets Schools Configuration

Unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board member Tony VanDerworp
Credit Bob Eccles

High school students in the new Ypsilanti Community School District will attend Ypsilanti High School next year.  Middle school students will attend classes at what is now Willow Run High School and the adjoining Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Meeting Saturday on Building Use and Small Learing Communities

Unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board
Credit Bob Eccles

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. 

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.

Saturday's meeting runs from ten to noon at Ypsilanti New Tech at Ardis, 2100 Ellsworth Road. 

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Local News
10:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Generational Differences Evident At Mascot/School Colors Forum

Some of the animal-related mascot suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools
Credit Bob Eccles

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. 

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. 

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
8:35 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Board Acts on Layoffs and Schools of Choice

Unified board President David Bates
Credit Bob Eccles

The joint Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board approved layoffs and schools of choice designation at its meeting Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Mascot, colors forum for unified district Saturday

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district holds a public forum Saturday morning to give the public a chance to talk about suggestions that have been received for a district mascot and colors. 

Board member Maria Sheler-Edwards is co-chair of the committee looking into mascots and colors.  She says the process will be similar to the way the district's name was chosen, with a pair of public forums to narrow the options down.  She says a final recommendation is expected at the board's March 28th meeting. 

Local News
11:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Year-Round School Recommendation Accepted

Unified school board members Dan Raglin (l) and Tony VanDerworp
Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night accepted a recommendation that the consolidated district move toward a year-round educational model.  The board's High Quality Teachers and Teaching Advisory Committee believes year-round school will help keep students from losing much of what they've learned over an extended summer break.  The board will now establish a work team to look into the different types of balanced calendar models and figure out which is best for the district.  The public's input on the idea will also be sought.  Year-round school wouldn't begin until the 20

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Public Forum Saturday for New School District

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board holds a public forum Saturday at noon to update progress toward merging the districts, and to address questions and concerns from the public.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:59 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Now Hiring: Teachers for New School District

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Teachers in the Ypsilanti-Willow Run school districts who would like to work in the new unified district have between now and March 15th to apply.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:28 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Crowd Boos Superintendent Plan

Former Ypsilanti school board member Floyd Brumfield urges the joint Ypsi-Willow Run board to hire Ypsi Superintendent Dedrick Martin to lead unified district.
Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board voted Monday night to have the Washtenaw Intermediate School District provide superintendent services during the transition period.   Not many in the audience were happy with that decision.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Unified Board Discusses Superintendent Options

A large crowd gathered for Monday night's unified Ypsi-Willow Run school board meeting at the Ypsilanti district administration building.
Credit Bob Eccles

The board representing the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district last night discussed the superintendent selection process.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
10:25 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Board Interviews Internal Superintendent Candidates

Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki
Credit Bob Eccles

The school board for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district last night interviewed three internal candidates to be the district's superintendent.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Layoffs Required to Start New District

  The school board representing the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts has adopted resolutions to lay off both districts' entire workforce effective June 30th.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Education
1:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Unified Board Meeting Decision

There are a couple of big decisions to be made at tonight's meeting of the school board representing the Ypsilanti, Willow Run and unified school districts.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:07 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Name Choices Narrowed to Two for Unified District

We're getting closer to having a name for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
8:38 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Working Groups Formed for Unified School District

Early Childhood working group meets at Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center.
Credit Bob Eccles

There was a good turnout Thursday night for a meeting to set up working groups that'll help move the process of unifying the Willow Run and Ypsilanti school districts forward.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:22 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Name Choices Down to Three for New District

  A committee has identified the top three choices for a name for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Education
9:27 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Process for Naming New District Continues Tonight

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The process of identifying a name for the unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school district takes another step forward this evening.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Local News
9:38 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Residents Share Thoughts On Superintendent Qualties

Michigan Leadership Institute President and C.E.O. Dr. Michael Wilmot leads a discussion on qualities desired in a superintendent.
Credit Bob Eccles

Thursday night's public forum on the qualities folks want to see in a superintendent for the unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school district was slightly better attended than Wednesday night's meeting on possible names for the district.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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