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Michigan News
1:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement

Credit Bob Eccles / 89.1 WEMU

A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.

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Community
6:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Lot Of Work Still Needed To Save Portion Of Willow Run Bomber Plant

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Smiling faces abound at the Yankee Air Museum as they are set to clear the first hurdle in saving a portion of the Willow Run bomber plant.  A lot of work however is still needed to achieve their goal.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the work still needed to save some of the historic Willow Run bomber plant as a sales agreement is expected shortly.

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Education
9:57 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Ypsilanti Community School Board Approves Summer Tax Collection

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved collecting school taxes in the summer rather than in the winter. 

Board President David Bates says summer tax collection is nothing new for district residents. The Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts had been collecting taxes in the summer prior to the consolidation.

Bates says summer tax collection means the district has to borrow less from the state while awaiting state aid payments, which in turn saves taxpayers money because the district is paying less in interest on money borrowed.

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Community
8:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Yankee Air Museum Holding Ceremony and Tour at Willow Run Airport Saturday

We should soon have a better idea of how the Yankee Air Museum is doing in its effort to raise enough money to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant for its new home. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
3:48 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

YCS Approves Agreement For Extended State Debt Repayment

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education President David Bates (l) and Superintendent Scott Menzel.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Thursday night approved entering into a contract with the state that will allow the district more time to pay off debt and remove Ypsilanti Community Schools from the ranks of Michigan's "deficit districts". 

The district has $18.8 million in state aid notes from the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts that are due August 20th.  The state will give the district 13 years to pay off the debt. 

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Education
8:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools to Seek Debt Payment Extension

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.

WEMU's Bob Eccles previews the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting for Monday, July 15th.

Local News
12:06 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

State Reps Rutledge And Rogers Address YCS Board Of Education

State Representatives David Rutledge (l) and Bill Rogers address the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.
Credit Bob Eccles

Democratic State Representative David Rutledge and his Republican colleague Bill Rogers addressed the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education at its organizational meeting Monday morning.  Click below to hear their comments.

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Local News
11:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

YCS Born As Board Members Sworn In

State Representative David Rutledge administers the Oath of Office to trustees of the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools district was officially born this morning, as the Board of Education held its organizational meeting.

The Oath of Office was administered to trustees by State Representative David Rutledge.

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Education
6:27 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The New Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Holds First Organizational Meeting

  An organizational meeting this morning wraps up eight months of intense work and preparation for the creation of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts. Bob Eccles has a preview of today's first-ever session for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Ypsilanti Community School Teachers Given Assignments

Teachers who'll be making the jump from the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts to Ypsilanti Community Schools have been given their building and grade assignments. 

Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says trying to place teachers where they wanted to teach was a daunting task. 

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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
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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Education
10:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Ypsi-Willow Run Unified School Board Approves Mascot, Colors

It’s official – the mascot for Ypsilanti Community Schools is the Grizzlies, and the school colors are black and “Vegas” gold.  

The unified school board Thursday night accepted the recommendation of its Name and Identity Advisory Group. 

A new mascot and colors means buying things like new uniforms and signs.  Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel says that’ll be covered by a six million dollar grant from the state.

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Local News
1:25 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Students Choose 'Grizzlies' For YCS Mascot

Students in the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts have voted, and it looks like the mascot for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools will be the Grizzlies. 

Students in grades seven through 12 voted, and more than 45 percent chose Grizzlies.  A little over 30 percent liked Trailblazers, and Flyers got less than 20 percent of the vote. 

The unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school board Thursday night will consider a recommendation from its Name and Identity Advisory Group that it approve Grizzlies as the mascot, along with a black and "Vegas" gold color combination.

Local News
3:44 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

YCS Internal Teacher Interviews Wrapping Up, Process Has Had Glitches

The interview process for internal Ypsilanti and Willow Run teacher candidates who want to continue their work with Ypsilanti Community Schools next year is just about over. 

Ypsilanti Education Association President Krista Boyer says Ypsilanti teachers have been notified that all but three of their internal candidates have been interviewed, with the last interviews taking place next week. 

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Local News
4:48 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Principals Hired For Ypsilanti Community Schools

The new unified Ypsilanti and Willow Run school district is expected to hire nine principals, and six of those jobs have now been filled by internal candidates from both districts. 

Nearly two dozen internal candidates applied for the jobs, and some may find other positions with Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel says there are three principal positions yet to fill, and those will likely go to external candidates.

Local News
1:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Colors Set; Mascot To Be Determined By Students

Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has approved black and “Vegas” gold as the colors for Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

That was the recommendation from the board’s Name and Identity Advisory Group, which also suggested the board put three potential mascots up for a student vote: Trailblazers, Grizzlies and Flyers.  

Students in grades seven through 12 will vote on a mascot next week, with the winning choice to be approved by the unified school board at its April 24th meeting.

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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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