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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.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles provides a preview of tonight's session:


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NASA's "Journey to Tomorrow" exhibit - complete with a moon rock brought back by the Apollo 17 mission - comes to Eastern Michigan University Friday and Saturday as part of Star Party 2013. 

  

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Peter Church, who's in charge of community relations for the event.

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The new Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public School District will be on the job for the start of the new academic year. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night approved a five-year contract for the former Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.


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School, in and of itself, can be hard enough. How difficult must it be for children who are homeless? It's a question that more children in Washtenaw County have to answer than you might think. The Washtenaw Intermediate School District last year helped make sure more than 1,300 students classified as homeless were able to attend classes. 

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth is now gearing up for a new academic year.


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Washtenaw County today launches the annual "Stuff the Bus" campaign.  The effort aims to collect school supplies for needy children in kindergarten  through fifth grade in Washtenaw County's public schools.     

A school bus will be parked in front of the Target store on Carpenter Road. Kari Dorr is heading up the campaign for the  county.  Shes says all types of supplies are needed, including: 

  • Pencils
  • Backpacks
  • Three-ring binders
  • Composition books
  • Erasers
  • Colored pencils, Crayons
  • Pens, Mechanical pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Folders
  • Hi-lighters
  • Index cards
  • Calculators
  • Display boards
  • Protractors, Rulers

Supplies can be given to volunteers on site or donations can be placed directly into boxes on the school bus. Dorr says the amount of  donated supplies has increased every year,  and this year the hope is to exceed $10,000 worth. The drive is being held everyday this week from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


 

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New research from the University of Michigan shows promise in someday being able to help the human body better withstand the rigors of chemotherapy and radiation.

Jian-Guo Geng is an associate professor in the University of Michigan  School of Dentistry.  He's found that in mice, injecting stem cells into the intestinal tract makes the mice much better able to survive high doses of chemo-radio therapy.

Geng says the discovery may someday make it possible to cure late-stage, metastasized cancers.  He says "People will not die of cancer, if our prediction is true." 

The study found that 50 to 75 percent of mice treated with a stem cell injection survived what should have been lethal doses of chemotherapy. 

Results of the research appear in the journal, Nature.

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If you haven't seen an ad for the new Ypsilanti Community school on an 

AATA bus or billboard yet, chances are it won't be long before you do.  

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the district is assertively marketing itself in the community.


The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will meet Wednesday afternoon to determine how to proceed in the search for a new district Superintendent.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board could go in a couple of different directions.


Junior Olympians Descend on Eastern Michigan University

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Nearly 50,000 athletes and spectators are expected at Eastern Michigan University now through August 3rd for the Amateur Athletic Union's National Junior Olympics, which got underway Tuesday. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles and Taylor Pinson take a look at this event.


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New Jersey's South Orange Maplewood Superintendent Brian Osborne has turned down Ann Arbor Public Schools offer to become superintendent. 

In a letter to the board, Osborne cited concerns over moving his family, interest in continuing work in New Jersey, and a medical condition for a family member.

The Ann Arbor School Board is expected to meet soon to discuss next steps on the process of selecting a superintendent.


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The Ann Arbor School Board Friday night unanimously voted to offer the district's Superintendent position to Brian Osborne.  Osborne is currently the Superintendent of schools for South Orange and Maplewood Schools in New Jersey. 

The district hopes to negotiate a contract with Osborne over the next several days.   School board members have expressed a desire for the contract to include incentives for Osborne to remain at the job for a long time.  Osborne has said if  he becomes Ann Arbor's next superintendent he hopes his children will graduate from the district.

The school board choose Osborne over Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jeanice Swift.  Board President Deb Mexicotte says both candidates had the skills, experience, and core values needed to serve Ann Arbor.  She says Osborne was the unanimous choice because he was a better fit, with his interest in working on Ann Arbor's financial, equity, and innovation challenges.


Earlier this week, the two finalists for the position of Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools toured the district, went through a second round of interviews and attended public forums to answer community questions. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, by the end of the day the school board is expected to have made its decision.


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Eastern Michigan University's Science Complex  is winning acclaim and awards. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, kudos come from the US Building Council and the Engineering Society of Detroit.


The search is almost over.  Tonight, the Ann Arbor Schools community will meet with the 2nd finalist for the district's Superintendent position.

Brian Osborne currently heads up the South Orange and Maplewood School District in New Jersey. He'll  be at a forum at Skyline High School at seven tonight to answer any questions the public may have for him. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the other finalist, Jeanice Swift, went through the same process on Monday night.


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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved sending a letter to state Treasurer Andy Dillon asking for an extended period of time to re-pay its debt. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 


The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the  fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports,  there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education 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.

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New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne and Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jeanice Swift are the finalists to be Ann Arbor's next superintendent.

The Ann Arbor School Board narrowed the field of candidates Tuesday afternoon after wrapping up interviews with the six semi-finalists.

The board plans on checking references and visiting the districts later this week.

Ann Arbor Public Schools will use almost one-point-two million dollars in reserves to balance next year's budget.  as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board early this morning approved the district budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Mr. B's Joybox Express is getting ready to bike the length of the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to New Orleans this fall, and WEMU is getting ready to follow the ride.   Mark Braun, aka Mr. B., spoke with WEMU's David Fair about the project and what the Joybox entourage plans to do along the way.

The President of Washtenaw Community College and school's faculty agree that better communication is needed at the school, but how to achieve that remains a question.  Faculty members spoke out at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting in the wake of the dismissal of Vice-President for Instruction, Stuart Blacklaw.  

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The Ypsilanti school board last night received a presentation on the district's efforts to eliminate the achievement gap, but as WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the presentation may have been a little too thorough, at least for one board member.

U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development

Today David talks about government policies regarding recycling, renewable energy, and environmental impact with Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education and Sustainable Development.

Efforts to unify the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts will continue.   School boards for both districts have approved a resolution to continue to work toward consolidation.

Ann Arbor school district officials say they're already seeing benefits from a new testing program. 

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