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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday morning presented third and fourth graders from Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School with a chance to compare what they learned in a project-based unit on economics to what happens in real-world businesses.
89-1 WEMU's Bob Eccles tagged along with the kids and their teachers on a visit to Depot Town.
The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education is considering three options for re-configuring district elementary schools, a move tied to plans to offer a balanced calendar at one school building next school year.
The board Monday night was briefed on the options, which include three options.
The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education holds a special meeting Monday evening to consider a preliminary balanced calendar recommendation and three proposals for re-configuring district elementary schools.
The district wants to institute a balanced calendar - basically year-round school - in select buildings next school year. The Balanced Calendar Study Team will present its preliminary recommendation to the board Monday evening.
Ypsilanti Community Schools has several buildings it isn't using, and the district is considering its options on what to do with them.
Superintendent Scott Menzel says a lot depends on enrollment.
"We know that 3,000 students for Schools of Choice made other options in prior years," Menzel said. "Our hope is that we truly become a first choice for exceptional cradle to career education and that perhaps some of these buildings will be brought back on line."
Students enrolled in the ACTech small learning community at Ypsilanti Community Middle School will be receiving free books in conjunction with World Book Night next month.
The 7th and 8th grad students will get copies of “Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.
Debbie Swanson is Teacher Leader for ACTech. She says the work done in the small learning community so far this school year has been so productive and positive that “the opportunity to place a book in each student’s hands will feel like a reward for their focus and hard work.”