Ypsilanti Community Schools

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education will have a much different look following Tuesday's election, and there are a couple of reasons for that.

For one, the board will be comprised exclusively of women.  The five men serving on the original board were not elected. 

And only two incumbents will be returning - Maria Sheler-Edwards and Dr. Celeste Hawkins. 

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Voters Tuesday chose to return just two of the incumbent Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to the panel.

 

One of them was Maria Sheler-Edwards, who says the district needs to "stay the course."

“We put some great programs in place,” Sheler-Edwards says, “we have a balanced budget this year, and we need to make sure that we continue being financially responsible, bring up our achievement and stabilize our enrollment.”

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The union representing teachers and support staff in Ypsilanti Community Schools is out with its list of school board candidate endorsements.  Only one of them is an incumbent.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Education Association President Kelly Powers says the endorsed candidates have a "great vision for the future of our district."  She says they "also see some of the concerns that are there and will address them in an appropriate manner."

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Enrollment in Ypsilanti Community Schools is down from a year ago, but that does not come as a surprise to district administrators.

 

Superintendent Laura Lisiscki  says count day enrollment came in at about 4,300 students, right around what the district budgeted for. 

That's compared to 4,542 students last year. 

Lisiscki expects this year's numbers to go up once adult education and preschool numbers are added.

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Some help is on the way for Ypsilanti Community Schools students who want to go to college but can't afford the tuition.  The Ypsilanti Promise scholarship program is similar to the Kalamazoo Promise.

 

It would pay for college at Washtenaw Community College or Eastern Michigan University for students who graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School. 

Karen Gabrys chairs the committee setting up the scholarship program. 

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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. 

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The principal at Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School says they're making progress toward climbing out of the bottom 5 percent in the state's top-to-bottom rankings of schools.

 

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education got an update from Charles Raski and other school staffers at Monday night's meeting. 

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Cameras are everywhere these days.  On building corners, utility poles, cell phones, you name it.  And starting this fall, you'll also be able to find cameras in Ypsilanti Community Schools district busses.

Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says putting cameras on busses is being done for the safety of everyone on that bus.

 "It's just about making sure that we understand that it's just one more tool in the toolbox for keeping kids safe in this day and age," Lisiscki says. "That's it."

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Three schools in the Ypsilanti Community Schools district are classified as "priority" schools:

Holmes Elementary School
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The principal of Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School says the first day of the new year went off great.  The school has shifted to a balanced schedule which means the end of the long summer vacation.

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Summer vacation is over for kids attending Holmes Elementary, where a balanced calendar, or year-round school, is now in place.

Students start classes at Holmes today, and teachers reported last week to get everything ready for them. 

Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says she's had very positive feedback from parents.

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School starts Monday at Holmes Elementary School, where a so-called 'balanced calendar' is in place.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says Holmes is the only building switching to year-round school this year.  But will the rest of the district eventually follow?

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Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says the district's first year included plenty of challenges and achievements.

She says the district focused on its core values in making advances in cultural proficiencies, project-based learning and partnerships with institutions like Washtenaw Community College. 

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If your kid is skipping school in Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Lincoln Consolidated School District, you could be held legally responsible.

Ypsilanti Township has passed an ordinance that holds parents in the Ypsilanti Community Schools and Lincoln school districts legally responsible for their children's chronic truancy.

Under the law, parents of children aged 6-13 who accumulate 10 or more unexcused absences can be punished with fines or jail time.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved a 2014-15 budget that anticipates the district losing 275 students.

Former Superintendent Scott Menzel says the budget also accounts for changes to the amount of foundation grant money the district will receive from the state.  He says the budget is relatively conservative, "knowing that there are still some things we won't know until the fall."

Among the issues yet to be determined - how many teachers the district will have on the payroll.

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Ypsilanti Community Schools' first graduating class receives their diplomas Tuesday evening at the EMU Convocation Center.

Not only will this be the first group of seniors to graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School following the consolidation of Ypsilanti and Willow Run Schools, but Ypsilanti New Tech High School is celebrating its first graduating class after opening four years ago.

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Seniors at Ypsilanti New Tech (YNT) High School have a couple of things to celebrate Thursday.

 

They'll participate in Michigan’s inaugural College Decision Day by hosting a school-wide assembly, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the school, 2100 Ellsworth Road, Ypsilanti. Later that evening at 6:30 p.m., there will be a special family celebration at the school.

 

The seniors will also be recognized as the school’s first graduating class since the program launched in 2010.

'Touch A Truck' Motors Into Ypsilanti

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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.

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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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A desire to better meet the needs of parents has prompted Ypsilanti Community Schools to switch phone systems. 


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Ypsilanti Community Schools will be in the market for a new Superintendent at the end of June.

That's when Scott Menzel steps down from that position - a transition that was part of the plan when the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts merged. 

Menzel says the school year isn't over, but he thinks Ypsilanti Community Schools is in pretty good shape.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved a plan for reconfiguring the district's elementary schools that has Holmes Elementary moving to a balanced calendar next year.

Estabrook Elementary is tentatively scheduled to go to year-round school the following school year.

Superintendent Scott Menzel says the board also talked about establishing a "Young Fives" program,  a developmental program for kindergartners who'll be five years old by December 1st.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday will consider an elementary school reconfiguration plan that would have Holmes Elementary move to a balanced calendar next school year.

The proposal suggests Estabrook Elementary also go to a balanced calendar, but not until the following school year. 

The grade configurations in each building are also going to gradually change to help reduce the number of transitions between buildings that students are subjected to. 

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The Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools says his district is working in the face of challenges such as charter schools and Schools of Choice to become a top option for cradle to career education.

Scott Menzel says Ann Arbor Public Schools' Schools of Choice push poses a challenge, as does the legislature's removing the cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan. 

Menzel says choice is good - to a point.

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Ypsilanti Community Schools tonight holds a town hall-style meeting to discuss plans for reconfiguring the district's elementary schools.

The district is considering three options for next school year, and public input will be taken into consideration in making a recommendation to the Board of Education later this month.

The town hall meeting is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. at Perry Early Learning Center, 550 Perry, in Ypsilanti.

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