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Wednesday morning seemed just a bit brighter for Scott Menzel.  The WISD Superintendent headed to work knowing a vast majority of voters, in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County, renewed support for a tax levy to support special education services. 


Washtenaw County Public Health
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The Washtenaw County Health Department has a new suicide prevention support group for parents.

Recycling
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The amount of waste generated in schools per academic year can be staggering.  Fortunately, schools in Washtenaw County seek to change that.  This week, we talk with Randy Trent, director of operations for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, about introducing recycling programs in local schools.


Preschool
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Washtenaw Intermediate School District will see an increase in preschool funding under a bill signed by Governor Rick Snyder Monday. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will have its first meeting tonight since voters approved a special education millage.  


Special Education Millage Approved In Washtenaw County

May 4, 2016
Washtenaw Intermediate School District
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Voters approved a special education millage for Washtenaw Intermediate School District in Tuesday's election.

 

Vote Here
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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District has put a  special education millage question before voters today. 


Scott Menzel
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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will ask voters in the May 3rd election to approve a special education millage.


Vote Here
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If you plan to vote in the May 3rd election in Washtenaw County, you have until today to register. 


Absentee Ballot
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The deadline for clerks to process overseas and military absentee voter ballots for the May 3, 2016 election is Saturday.

 


 

Washtenaw Intermediate School District
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With the Michigan presidential primary election now in the rear view mirror, voters in Washtenaw County have another election just up the road.  


School Bus
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On March 11th, the Ann Arbor Board of Education is expected to approve a three-year contract with a new bussing provider. Get the details in this conversation with AAPS Executive Director of Communications, Liz Nowland-Margolis. 


M-STEP Replacing MEAP For Some Students In Spring

Nov 20, 2014
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Michigan is saying goodbye to the MEAP test this coming spring.  Washtenaw County school districts appear ready to roll out the new online Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP test.

 

Naomi Norman is Executive Director of Achievement Services for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. 

She says M-STEP is more than a bunch of multiple choice questions - students are going to have to answer some questions in writing.

WISD Holding Bus Driver Job Fair

Nov 20, 2014

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is holding a Bus Driver Job Fair Saturday with a goal of finding 15-20 additional drivers.


Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Washtenaw Intermediate School District

It's more than three weeks into the school year and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is still looking to add permanent bus drivers.  Finding enough school bus drivers is a lingering issue. 


Bob Eccles

With the start of classes just a few days away,  Ypsilanti Community Schools would still like to hire  five to seven more bus drivers.

 

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District handles transportation for Y-C-S students. 

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Public Schools voters will decide in November if annexation plans should go forward.  If they do it will be the second time a pair of Washtenaw Intermediate School Districts have merged in the last few years.  


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Washtenaw International High School students accomplished something really special in the latest round of Michigan Merit Exam and ACT testing: they were tops in the county and number two in the state with their composite ACT score of 27-point-three.

Not bad, considering the program is barely three years old. 

Principal Nhu Do says the results are impressive.

"It really is attributable to all the hard work that the staff, students, faculty members, district supporters have really put in place to ensure the success of these students."

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Washtenaw County students continue to show improvement in the Michigan Merit Exam.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District communication specialist Emma Jackson says improvements among the class of 2015 were seen in reading, writing, science and social studies, while math proficiency stayed about the same.

"Our reading scores really stand out at 72 percent proficient," Jackson says, "and they're some of the highest in the state."

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A proposed increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools would actually leave many area districts at the same or even lower funding levels next fiscal year.

That's according to Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel, who says that would be the net result of moving from a funding formula in which poor districts get twice as large of a funding increase as wealthier districts, to a formula where the minimum foundation grant is boosted by $175. 

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Early College Alliance students are ranked sixth out of more than 800 high schools on Michigan Merit Exam math and reading test scores.

The rankings for the program at Eastern Michigan University are from the website schooldigger.com, which last year ranked the ECA 41st in the state. 

Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Director Dave Dugger says the jump was due to a focus on improving literacy education, and spending one day a week understanding and practicing writing for the ACT. 

Washtenaw Intermediate School District

The Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium (WEOC) has named Nhu Do as the Principal/WEOC Program Director for Washtenaw International High School, an International Baccalaureate program.

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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is hosting a pair of information sessions to familiarize the community with Michigan's mischooldata.org website.


'Touch A Truck' Motors Into Ypsilanti

May 7, 2014
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The 6th annual Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative "Touch a Truck" event rolls into Ypsilanti Saturday.

Children and their families will have the chance to get up close and personal with more than 35 vehicles from organizations like the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Ypsilanti District Library, Huron Valley Ambulance and Recycle Ann Arbor.

Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has named Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki as the successor to Scott Menzel as Superintendent, at least on an interim basis.

The board Monday night unanimously voted to have Lisiscki take over as Superintendent after Menzel steps down at the end of June. 

Lisiscki will lead the district into its second year, and the Board of Education would take up the question of whether to make her tenure permanent or search for a replacement after elections in November.

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