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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. 

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. 

Board Acts on Layoffs and Schools of Choice

Mar 19, 2013
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.

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. 

Year-Round School Recommendation Accepted

Mar 14, 2013
Bob Eccles

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

Public Forum Saturday for New School District

Mar 8, 2013

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board holds a public forum Saturday at noon to update progress toward merging the districts, and to address questions and concerns from the public.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Now Hiring: Teachers for New School District

Mar 1, 2013
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Teachers in the Ypsilanti-Willow Run school districts who would like to work in the new unified district have between now and March 15th to apply.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Crowd Boos Superintendent Plan

Feb 26, 2013
Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board voted Monday night to have the Washtenaw Intermediate School District provide superintendent services during the transition period.   Not many in the audience were happy with that decision.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Group Hopes to Expand Camp Scholarship Program

Feb 25, 2013

An organization that helps send low-income kids to summer camp hopes to reach out to more children through the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Unified Board Discusses Superintendent Options

Feb 19, 2013
Bob Eccles

The board representing the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district last night discussed the superintendent selection process.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Bob Eccles

The school board for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district last night interviewed three internal candidates to be the district's superintendent.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Layoffs Required to Start New District

Feb 5, 2013

  The school board representing the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts has adopted resolutions to lay off both districts' entire workforce effective June 30th.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Unified Board Meeting Decision

Feb 4, 2013

There are a couple of big decisions to be made at tonight's meeting of the school board representing the Ypsilanti, Willow Run and unified school districts.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

We're getting closer to having a name for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Working Groups Formed for Unified School District

Jan 25, 2013
Bob Eccles

There was a good turnout Thursday night for a meeting to set up working groups that'll help move the process of unifying the Willow Run and Ypsilanti school districts forward.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

New District Forming Advisory Committees

Jan 24, 2013

  If you have some time to spare helping create the unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school district, you'll want to attend a meeting tonight at Willow Run High School.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Name Choices Down to Three for New District

Jan 24, 2013

  A committee has identified the top three choices for a name for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Residents Share Thoughts On Superintendent Qualties

Jan 17, 2013
Bob Eccles

Thursday night's public forum on the qualities folks want to see in a superintendent for the unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school district was slightly better attended than Wednesday night's meeting on possible names for the district.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Bob Eccles

A handful of names for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district surfaced as favorites at a public forum last night.  WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Area residents have been submitting name suggestions for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district. WEMU's Bob Eccles talks with Washtenaw Intermediate School District communication specialist Emma Jackson about some of those suggestions, and the process for choosing the one that'll stick.

Technology Audit for Ypsi-Willow Run Schools

Jan 11, 2013

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has approved a technology audit.  Hear more on the audit's findings from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

New Name Needed for New District

Jan 3, 2013

Now's your chance to suggest a name for the new unified Ypsilanti and Willow Run School district.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

What's In A Name?

Dec 20, 2012
Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has decided on a process to name the new district.  As WEMU’s Bob Eccles reports, if all goes according to plan, that name will be in place in just over one month’s time.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Mensel met with state Treasurer Andy Dillon earlier this week, seeking assistance in wiping out an operational deficit in the newly combined Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.   Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is recommending that the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board keep Perry Child Development Center and the elementary schools in the consolidated district open next school year.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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