Bob Eccles reports on a new pledge to provide "solutions not suspensions" for its students.
The pledge urges district to use suspensions and expulsions as a last resort, and while that philosophy isn't really a part of the Code of Conduct, staff felt it was important to have the code in place for the rest of the school year.
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.
The DDA has now hired Carl Walker for preliminary design, schedule, budget and phasing plan for replacing the southwest tower of the Fourth and William Parking Structure.
DDA Executive Director, Susan Pollay says the goal will be to have a more efficient and attractive elevator and stairs tower. She says the challenge will be to ensure two elevators and stairs remain open throughout the construction project.
Pollay says the tower improvements are expected to be only the first upgrades to the structure. Others may include incubator space on the ground floor, adding electric vehicle charging stations, and a new facade for the structure.
Congratulations to Herbie Hancock on this new honor. He'll be giving a series of lectures on "The Ethics of Jazz". Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. “Hancock will give his six Norton Lectures, ‘The Ethics Of Jazz,’ in February and March.” The series follows Hancock’s receipt of a Kennedy Center Honor in December.
Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. According to a press release, "Hancock will give his six Norton Lectures, 'The Ethics Of Jazz,' in February and March." The series follows Hancock's receipt of a Kennedy Center Honor in December.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Washtenaw County Commissioners again choosing Yousef Rabhi to serve as their board chair.
The Washtenaw County Commissioners have re-elected the same officers that led the board in 2013.
Yousef Rabhi was unanimously voted chair of the county commissioners again Wednesday night. Rabhi says passing a four year budget was a big accomplishment in 2013 and he expects it will give the commissioners time to work on other issues this year.
Rabhi says some of the things he wants to work on this year are efforts to make the county's procurement process more environmentally friendly and better for the local economy, and to work on improving the board and committee structure.
Alicia Ping was re-elected as vice chair, and Felicia Brabec will again serve as chair of the ways and means committee.
The commissioners also approved their rules and regulations. One change in board rules is resolutions that are at the regular meeting the same night they are introduced at the ways and means committee will no longer require a two-thirds majority for final approval. County officials determined this long standing super majority requirement didn't comply with state law.
Ypsilanti City Council has approved a plan for key infrastructure needs such as streets, water, and sewer lines in the Water Street area.
Council voted five to nothing Tuesday night to accept the infrastructure plan.
Mayor Paul Schreiber says the city has now completed a couple of important steps to attract redevelopment to Water Street. Schreiber says originally the plan was to leave Water Street open for any proposal but he says the city has seen this approach left developers concerned about what could be built next to their project. He says being able to better define the parcels of land in Water Street should lead to more interest from developers.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the current plan for the Thompson Block is a bigger and better project than the earlier proposal so it needed to be a planned unit development. Gillotti adds that the changes include adding residential parking behind the building and streetscape improvements along River Street for cafe seating.
Gillotti explained that the actual building permits will likely be similar however to the previous designs, adding the fire has eliminated a bay window from the front of the building and the entrance for the residential portion of the building has moved from the north side to the east side with the addition of the parking lot.
Gillotti maintains developers have two years to complete a PUD, however the Thompson Block faces a deadline in about 15 months for a finished building under the city's dangerous building ordinance.
Update 12:05 pm: 10 hours and counting. That's how long firefighters have been combating the downtown blaze at Happy's Pizza, starting shortly before 2 am this morning. The fire is still burning at this hour. As a result, Main Street from Packard to Hoover in Ann Arbor is closed due to the fire. The building is said to be a a total loss. So far, no injuries have been reported.
An eye witness view of the scene is available here:
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's new policy to charge developers if their project results in parking meters being permanently removed.
With over 100 on-street parking meters removed in Ann Arbor since 2006 and an additional 12 meters pending, city council has approved a new policy dealing with the issue. Council Monday night approved the policy that would charge developers $45,000 per meter permanently removed plus the projected ten year value for the meter.
Due to the continuing extreme weather conditions, Eastern Michigan University has canceled all classes Tuesday, Jan. 7. This includes all planned campus activities, lectures and events. The National Weather Service continues to report hazardous weather conditions and the coldest temperatures in 20 years in Michigan, including a wind chill warning and winter weather advisory for the Washtenaw County region. Wind chill temperatures in the region are forecast to reach 39 below on Tuesday.
The University plans to be open on Wednesday, Jan. 8 for regular business and classes.
Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:33 am
For veteran soul singer Sharon Jones, 2013 was a year of frustration, fear and false starts: She'd just announced the summer release of her fifth album, Give the People What They Want, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had to put her career on hold. Tours were canceled, while the finished record had to be shelved until she'd recovered to where she was in a position to promote it. Anyone who's seen Jones live knows how much she pours into performing, so fans appeared to be in for a long wait.
Due to the extreme snowfall and cold temperatures for our region, Eastern Michigan University has announced the cancellation of all classes at Eastern Michigan University on Monday, Jan. 6. This includes all planned campus activities, lectures and events. Residence halls will remain open this evening and tomorrow to accommodate students who are still moving in and who have already arrived.
The University plans to be open on Tuesday, Jan. 7 for regular business and classes.
Host David Fair sits down with Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a most entertaining conversation on movies, culture and live events to be experienced in the Ypsi-Ann Arbor area each week. Russ calls in for this edition of 89.1 WEMU's Cinema Chat due to the wintry road conditions.
Most schools in Washtenaw County remain on Winter Break. Classes were scheduled to resume in many southeast Michigan districts today, but weather has forced closures. For a complete listing of school closings, go to the WEMU web page at www.wemu.org. Or, click through here: http://wemu.org/school-closings.