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.
Washtenaw County could soon get a major boost to its economy.
The county has applied for a nearly one million dollar federal grant to convert the old GM Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township into a research & development facility for connected and automated vehicles.
County Administrator Verna McDaniel says if the grant is approved, it could lead to creation of 7,800 research and skilled trade jobs.
McDaniel says the county should know one way or the other in the next two to three weeks.
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 Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.
Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017. The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded.
Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable. He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses how a county-wide funding model for policing could work for both communities with their own police department and those that contract for policing from his department.
The Kmart store on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti Township may be closing, but the building won't be empty for long.
Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says Plano, Texas-based home decor chain Garden Ridge is ready to move in.
"The fact that someone came in and asked for a sign permit is a good sign, no pun intended," Stumbo says. "We look forward to this new company coming in, hopefully it will be very successful and will hire the people from Kmart to work there."
One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed. A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable, but for the time being those residents have also been required to leave.
Resident Mark Whitaker says the future for the complex is uncertain but all residents are looking for housing in the short term.
One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed. A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable.
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.
About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night. Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum.