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.
Jeanice Swift is on the job. Swift is the newly hired Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the districts teachers and staff began the new academic year on Tuesday with an opening day ceremony.
Eastern Michigan University will mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington Wednesday with a ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens.
President Susan Martin will welcome guests to the event at just before three o'clock Wednesday afternoon. At three, bells and chimes will ring on campus, and Dr. King's speech will be played.
Following the speech, closing remarks will be offered by State Representative David Rutledge and EMU professor Donald Woods. Dr. Woods teaches in the university's Department of Africology and African-American Studies.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens are located near Welch Hall, off Cross Street on the south side of the EMU campus.
The events at Eastern echo those in Washington D.C. where there will be a morning re-dedication program at the King Memorial, and ringing of bells at the Lincoln Memorial at 3 p.m., the time King began his " I Have a Dream" address 50 years ago. Stay tuned to WEMU for special coverage of the 50th anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., including live coverage of President Obama's speech starting at 3 p.m.
Eastern Michigan University to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech Event scheduled for 3 p.m. August 28 at MLK Gardens on Eastern campus by Geoff Larcom, Published August 27, 2013 YPSILANTI - At 3 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.
WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Dr. Ronald Woods, an Eastern Michigan University professor and the first head of the school's Department of African-American Studies. They talked about the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. and more.
Charles Eugene Beatty is being honored by the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District for his contributions to education in Michigan. The district will renames its Head Start building in Ypsilanti after the late educator.
Ronnie Peterson is a Washtenaw County Commissioner. He says Beatty is a historic figure and worthy of praise for his contributions to education. Beatty played a role in early childhood study programs that eventually lead to the creation of Head Start, and was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1985.
The Ann Arbor School Board has approved an agreement on participating in the Washtenaw Education Operations Consortium. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board has some concerns, but unanimously approved the deal so that students will be able to participate in three programs this year.
Ypsilanti City Council has voted unanimously to have the city Assessor create a tax roll for the city-wide Streetlight Special Assessment District, and to file the roll for public examination.
The cost of replacing streetlights with more efficient LEDs will be covered by the $58 every parcel of city land would pay each year for two years. That's a big change from the original proposal, which had residents paying for the replacement and operation of the lights for the next 18-years.
This week's guest is John Swales, the North American Butterfly Association population survey coordinator for Washtenaw County and U-M Professor Emeritus of Linguistics. We'll be discussing his long-standing participation with the NABA butterfly counts, and what the surveys tell us about the status of different butterfly species in Washtenaw County.
Based on recommendations made Tuesday night, we may be getting a better picture of what new development of the old YMCA property in Ann Arbor will look like.
The Ann Arbor Planning Commission issues its recommendations last night. Should the city choose to sell the property to a private developer, the Planning commission urges it use the "Request For Proposal" process.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission also include a list of conditions any developer should have to meet in order to benefit the city in the long term.
The Washtenaw County Road Commission and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. will begin milling and asphalt paving operations on Packard Rd. from Golfside Rd. to approximately 1,700 feet east of Hewitt Rd.
These paving operations are expected to last until August 21, 2013.
Details Thursday, August 8, 2013 the Washtenaw County Road Commission and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. will begin milling and asphalt paving operations on Packard Rd. from Golfside Rd. to approximately 1,700 feet east of Hewitt Rd. These paving operations are expected to last (10 business days) until August 21, 2013.