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The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is throwing its support behind the Ann Arobr Transportation Authority transit millage.

AAATA is asking voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township to approve a .7 mil issue in May to expand service.

In a statement supporting the millage, the A2Y Chamber said it has been its policy for many years to support increased regional mass transit.

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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.

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Ypsilanti Community Schools is getting a $1,000,000 grant to help prepare students for careers in science, technology, enginnering and math.     Superintendent Scott Menzel said the money from the U.S.

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A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.  To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.

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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."

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The state of Michigan is getting $16.7 million in U.S. Education Department School Improvement Grant funds, and Ypsilanti Community Schools hopes to be able to put some of that money to good use.

Superintendent Scott Menzel said a grant would be used for teacher professional development to improve achievement and outcomes for students at Holmes Elementary School.

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Students at the Ypsilanti Community Schools' Ford Early Learning Center this week will put what they've learned about the importance of developing good sleep habits to work.

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. will be at Ford Early Learning Center Wednesday morning in a visit that coincides with National Sleep Awareness Week ®.

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Ypsilanti Community Schools officials continue to develop plans for year round schools.  The District plans on piloting a balanced calendar in one or two buildings starting in the fall.  

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.”

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are expected to decide in May on a proposed public transit tax to raise nearly $4.4 million in annual funding.  The Ann Arbor News reports campaigns with competing messages are taking place after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted last week to place a 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three Washtenaw County communities

Bob Eccles

The public is invited to an open forum Saturday on Ypsilanti Community Schools' plan to move to a balanced calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

The district had planned to go to year-round school this year, but didn't have enough time to make the necessary adjustments.

Saturday's forum is being held in the Ypsilanti Community High School auditorium, at 2095 Packard Road, starting at 9 a.m.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August.  That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot. 

As the state debates how best to have school district make up snow days, there's no question how the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District would prefer to address the issue.  

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Student count day appears to have shown a substantial rise in the number of students in Ypsilanti Community Schools.  

Superintendent Scott Menzel says unaudited numbers from Wednesday's count showed 4547 students in class - 55 more than in the fall.  

It's possible some students who may have been out sick or not in school for another legitimate reason could be added to the total.  

Similarly, not all the students counted Wednesday may be the "full-time equivalent" students the state uses to determine funding for school districts.  

It'll be several weeks before the official numbers are known.  

Wednesday's count represents 10 percent of the funding equation, while the fall count represents 90 percent.

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night received quarterly reports from two under-performing schools that have caught the state's eye. 

The Principals of Holmes and Estabrook Elementary schools outlined steps they're taking to improve student achievement.

At Holmes Elementary, things like having breakfast in classrooms and staggering dismissal times have helped cut fighting and expulsions by half. 

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The Ypsilanti Community High School Chamber Singers sang for the Board of Education Monday night.

Hydrant Alert

Jan 7, 2014

Snow is wet, and made of nothing more than frozen water. So, it may seem strange to consider it a fire hazard. But, it is. Because there has been so much snow, many of the road plows have been creating huge snow mounds that cover up fire hydrants. 

Some property owners also pile up around the hydrants in an effort to clear a path for their vehicles. Ypsilanti Township Fire Chief Eric Copeland tells 89.1 WEMU News, that could delay the time in which the fire department can respond to a fire. If they can’t find the hydrant, they can’t fight the fire on your property. Chief Copeland asks,  if you have a fire hydrant near your property, take a few minutes and shovel it out so it is both visible and accessible.

ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Plan Presented

Dec 11, 2013
Bob Eccles

ReImagine Washtenaw presented its right-of-way plan to the public at a meeting Tuesday night. 

The plan covers the corridor from the water tower in Ypsilanti to the Washtenaw-Stadium split in Ann Arbor.

Ypsilanti city council member Pete Murdock says the city is dealing with a lot of traffic issues as part of its master plan revision, and those will have to be coordinated with ReImagine Washtenaw.

The ReImagine Washtenaw right-of-way plan includes improvements such as refuge islands to help pedestrians safely cross the street, buffered bike lanes, and eight "super stops" for Ann Arbor Area Transportation busses along the corridor. 

The next step in the implementation process is to have municipalities along the corridor adopt the plan.


Wednesday night is your chance to take a look at improvements being recommended as part of the ReImagine Washtenaw project and have some input on the issue. 

Nathan Voght is project manager for ReImagine Washtenaw.  He says they've been working with a consultant on the right-of-way study being presented at a public meeting Wednesday night.

The study addresses issues such as bike lanes, sidewalks and safer ways to cross Washtenaw Avenue from the Ypsilanti water tower to the Stadium Boulevard split. 

Find out more about the plan from 6:30 to 8 Wednesday night  in conference room "A" in the County Service Center Learning Resources Center off Washtenaw Avenue.

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Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus. 

The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area. 

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts. 

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Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.


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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.

HSHV Removes 88 Cats from Ypsilanti Township Home

Sep 25, 2013
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Cruelty investigators with the Humane Society of Huron Valley found horrendous conditions in a home in Ypsilanti Township from which 88 malnourished, flea-bitten cats have been removed. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.


Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA

Sep 9, 2013
Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Monday night voted to seek membership in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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