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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district holds a public forum Saturday morning to give the public a chance to talk about suggestions that have been received for a district mascot and colors.
Board member Maria Sheler-Edwards is co-chair of the committee looking into mascots and colors. She says the process will be similar to the way the district's name was chosen, with a pair of public forums to narrow the options down. She says a final recommendation is expected at the board's March 28th meeting.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night accepted a recommendation that the consolidated district move toward a year-round educational model. The board's High Quality Teachers and Teaching Advisory Committee believes year-round school will help keep students from losing much of what they've learned over an extended summer break. The board will now establish a work team to look into the different types of balanced calendar models and figure out which is best for the district. The public's input on the idea will also be sought. Year-round school wouldn't begin until the 20