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10:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Contract Negotiations With Ann Arbor School Board's Choice For District Superintendent

Officials in the Ann Arbor Public Schools are hoping to quickly work out a contract with the Board of Education's choice for district Superintendent. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board last Friday, voted unanimously to offer the job to Brian Osborne. Osborne is currently Superintendent of New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood School District. 

A2 School officials hoping to work out a contract with Board of Education's choice for Superintendent.

Brian Osborne's current contract in New Jersey mandates a 90-day notification prior to departure. If a contract is agreed upon, it could mean three months before he can start in Ann Arbor.

Arts and Culture
9:49 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Another Scorcher for Day Three of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

The third day of the annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs is underway. More than 100-thousand people are expected to descend on downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus before the day is out.

As WEMU's David Fair reports, visitors today will have to brave the same conditions as the first two days of the fairs.

Another audio snap-shot of the Art fairs, as day three gets underway.

Education
7:16 am
Fri July 19, 2013

U of M to Launch Search For New President

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents has appointed an advisory committee to help search for the school's next president.      The board on Thursday announced the appointment of seven faculty members to work with the board and a search firm. Russell Reynolds Associates will be paid a $300,000 flat fee with expenses not to exceed $50,000.

In April, President Mary Sue Coleman announced she would step down when her contract expires in the summer of 2014. She will leave as the university's fourth longest-serving leader.

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Education
7:14 am
Fri July 19, 2013

U of M To Provide Tuition Help To Michigan's Immigrant Community

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents will offer in-state tuition to immigrants who've been living in Michigan without legal permission. The university currently charges those students out-of-state tuition, which is much higher.

During their meeting Thursday in Ann Arbor, U-M regents also passed the proposal that allows members of the military to receive in-state tuition, regardless of where they live. The policy revisions go into effect in January.

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Arts and Culture
7:16 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Ann Arbor Art Fair Day Two Audio Snapshot

Credit artfair.org

Day two of the 2013 Ann Arbor Art Fairs is almost in the books.  Here's WEMU's audio snapshot of some of today's happenings. 


Arts
11:46 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Another Audio Snap-shot of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

Credit artfair.org

Day two of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs is well underway, with tens, if not hundreds of thousands braving an Excessive Heat Warning to experience all the event has to offer. As WEMU's David Fair reports, despite the weather conditions, you'll find the artists and vendors in good spirits!

A short trip through portions of the Art Fairs to meet with artists and vendors.

Education
10:30 am
Thu July 18, 2013

New Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent to Be Named Friday

Members of the Ann Arbor Board of Education have just over 24-hours to consider whom they prefer to serve as the districts next Superintendent of Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the second and last finalist last night met with the community at a public forum.

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Arts and Culture
5:36 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Art Fair First Day

Credit artfair.org

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs got underway today.  WEMU's Taylor Pinson and Andrew Cluley have this snapshot of the first day.

Education
7:54 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Superintendent Search Is Winding Down

The search is almost over.  Tonight, the Ann Arbor Schools community will meet with the 2nd finalist for the district's Superintendent position.

Brian Osborne currently heads up the South Orange and Maplewood School District in New Jersey. He'll  be at a forum at Skyline High School at seven tonight to answer any questions the public may have for him. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the other finalist, Jeanice Swift, went through the same process on Monday night.

The finalists to become the next Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools meet with the public

Arts and Culture
6:16 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

54th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair Preview

Credit artfair.org

The Ann Arbor Art Fair runs Wednesday through Saturday. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a preview.

Hear Bob's report here.

More info at: Artfair.org

Community
9:48 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Townie Street Party was Hot, Wet and Fun!

Hundreds of people Monday night flocked to the annual Ann Arbor Townie Street Party. As WEMU’s David Fair reports, the event serves one part kick-off to the upcoming Ann Arbor Art fairs, and one part “thanks” to local residents for enduring the influx of some half-a million people over the next several days.

Townie Street Party kicks off Art Fairs week in Ann Arbor.

Education
7:48 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Finalists In Town This Week

Brian Osborne and Jeanice Kerr Swift are finalists for the AAPS Superintendent position.
Credit A2schools.org

The two finalists to become the next Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools are visiting town this week.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, One of the finalists is here today, the other tomorrow.

Finalists for Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent to go through final interviews today and tomorrow, and the Board of Education may make its selection on Friday.

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Parks & Rec.
7:02 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor Skatepark About One Year Away From Reality

The proposed layout for the Ann Arbor Skatepark at Vets Park.
Credit City of Ann Arbor

By this time next year, a new skate-park should be open in Ann Arbor's Veterans Memorial Park. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, City Council last night approved a construction contract in excess of one-million dollars.

After years of effort and fundraising, the proposed skate park in Ann Arbor's Veterans Memorial Park will soon become a reality.

Parks & Rec.
6:53 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Approves Trial Waiver Of Liberty Plaza Rental Fees

Rental fees will be waived at an Ann Arbor park in an effort to assist a program that provides food for the homeless, and help increase community activity. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night unanimously approved a one-year, trial waiver of rental fees at Liberty Plaza.

The "Pizza in the Park" program in Ann Arbor gets a boost from City Council, and will not have to pay fees for at least one year, as it serves food to the homeless in Liberty Plaza.

Community
8:19 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Art Fairs Kick Off with Tonight's Townie Street Party

The Townie Street Party will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring The Macpodz, Dragon Wagon, and Seth & May, kids activities, and more.

The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the  fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports,  there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.

Ann Arbor gears up for Art Fairs week with the annual "Townie Street Party."

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Arts
7:58 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden

Credit Oberazzi / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Some very large, small mouth bass may be coming to a new Ann Arbor rain garden. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and artist Joshua Wiener are looking for feedback some feedback on his proposal for steel sculptures.

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Transportation
7:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Stretch Of I-94 Will Be Closed This Weekend

A stretch of Eastbound I-94 on the southern edge of Ann Arbor is going to be closed this weekend. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it is the first of several planned closures of the highway in coming months.

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Government
9:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Incumbents Meet Challengers in Candidates Forum

Third ward candidates Julie Grand (l) and incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
Credit Bob Eccles

Two Democratic Ann Arbor City Council members face primary election challenges on August 6th. In the 3rd Ward, Incumbent Stephen Kunselman is being challenged by Julie Grand. In the 4th Ward, John Eaton seeks to unseat Marcia Higgins, and advance to the November General Election. The candidates met Wednesday night  in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. WEMU's Bob Eccles was there and has this report.

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Education
6:03 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Two Finalists Identified For Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Position

Brian Osborne and Jeanice Kerr Swift are finalists for the AAPS Superintendent position.
Credit a2schools.org

New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne and Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jeanice Swift are the finalists to be Ann Arbor's next superintendent.

The Ann Arbor School Board narrowed the field of candidates Tuesday afternoon after wrapping up interviews with the six semi-finalists.

The board plans on checking references and visiting the districts later this week.

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Transportation
6:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Enacts Pilot Program for Parking Permits at Forest Avenue Structure

The manner in which monthly permits are granted for Ann Arbor Parking structures may soon change. The As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is using the Forest Avenue Parking structure for a new, pilot program.

In the future, monthly parking permits in Ann Arbor may be granted based on the size of the building in town where a motorist lives or works.

Business
6:27 am
Fri July 5, 2013

South University Area Association in Ann Arbor Look to Main Street for Improvements

South University Area Association looking to implement the Business Improvement Zone plan that worked well in the Main Street are of Ann Arbor.

  Officials with Ann Arbor's South University Area Association hope a successful program in the Main Street area can be replicated in their part of town. WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides the details.

Washtenaw County Commissioners
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold

Unanswered questions force the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to shelve a plan to sell 300-million dollars in bonds to cover future retiree health care and pension costs.

  Washtenaw County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.

Politics
7:12 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Commits to Streetlights but wavers on Funding Beat Cops

A2 DDA approves expenditure for streetlight replacement project along main street, but expresses concerns over the city's request to fund three beat patrol police officers.

  The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has formally responded to one the funding requests that comes from the City of Ann Arbor.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it also put off a decision on another request for money.

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