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What the four Ypsilanti school board candidates are saying

October 17, 2016 by

MLive.comYPSILANTI, MI - Four candidates vying for two seats on the Ypsilanti Community Schools board of education recently shared their views on what can be done to improve the district's finances, promote positive school culture and advocate for marginalized ...

Ypsilanti football team aims to define 'Grizzly Way' after consolidation

September 9, 2016 by

MLive.comYPSILANTI, MI - Four years ago, Willow Run eighth grader Amari Jenson and Ypsilanti eighth grader Sterling Robinson cast votes for their new school mascot. The boys didn't know at that point that they'd play football together their freshman year, or ...

Ypsilanti schools restructures to avoid spending $536000 on vacant buildings

July 18, 2016 by

MLive.comA similar conversation took place in 2014, just after Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run schools consolidated, but little action resulted from those discussions. The most immediate change to come out of the facilities advisory board's ...

Ypsilanti schools 'finally stabilizing' three years after consolidation

June 7, 2016 by

In March 2012, Willow Run and Ypsilanti Schools -- with support from the Washtenaw Intermediate School District -- announced a proposal to consolidate, motivated by the incentive of $10 million in state grants Gov. Rick Snyder had announced that year ...

Michigan's original 'Rosie the Riveters' honored during trip to D.C.

March 23, 2016 by

Marilyn Nowak, who grew up in the Ypsilanti area and went to Lincoln High School, recalled how she got a summer job as an installer of hydraulic tubing at the Willow Run plant after graduating high school in 1943. "Well, before I graduated, the bomber ...

State law to save Ypsilanti, Willow Run taxpayers $3.3 million

October 31, 2015 by

MLive.comYpsilanti Community High School students, from left to right, Brea Brown, 16, and Christah Caddell, 17, sit outside before the first day of school ends on Tuesday, Sept. 3. (File photo | The Ann Arbor News) ... Taxpayers in the former Ypsilanti and ...

New superintendent Ben Edmondson has big dreams for Ypsilanti schools

September 4, 2015 by

Ypsilanti is a district of 4,164 students, formed from the merger of Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts in the 2013-2014 school year. ... center, Ypsilanti Schools Community Schools Superintendent speaks and brainstorms with community members ...

Ypsilanti Community Schools graduates inaugural senior class

June 4, 2014 by The Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor NewsWhen Ypsilanti Public Schools consolidated with Willow Run Community Schools a year ago, the couple's youngest son, Khyre Chambers, 18, became the first Grizzly in the family. Though the past year has been a year of transition for Ypsilanti schools ...

Former Ypsilanti/Willow Run Athletes Shine at Siena Heights University Spring Football Game

April 28, 2014 by

MLive.comHe received several MVP Awards during his Varsity tenure at Willow Run High School, and transferred to Siena Heights from Michigan State University. Deve're Pipkins (#35) graduated from Willow Run High School in 2013, and received All State Awards as ...

42 years later: Willow Run employee recalls principal being tarred and feathered by KKK

January 20, 2014 by

MLive.comRacial tensions were at an all-time high in 1971 in Ypsilanti, but that didn't stop Willow Run High School Principal R. Wiley Brownlee from lobbying to formally recognize the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. three years after he was ...

Overcrowding at Ypsilanti's middle school prompts hunt for more space - The Ann Arbor News

September 30, 2013 by

The Ann Arbor News -“That takes a lot of time and energy.” Ypsilanti Community Schools' middle school is in the former Willow Run Community Schools building, which is attached to Willow Run High School by a hallway. The high school is not being used this year as a result ...

Ypsilanti schools prepare for first day of classes in new district of former rivals

August 29, 2013 by

AnnArbor.comJennings played on Purdue University's basketball team from 1992 to 1996 and has experience as a principal in several school districts in Michigan. He comes to Ypsilanti this year from his previous position as the principal of both Holland High School ...

Former rivals, Ypsilanti students promote positive culture in newly merged district

August 26, 2013 by

AnnArbor.comStudents from both Willow Run and Ypsilanti high schools swapped schools for a day, and have been working with the Bright Futures after school program at Eastern Michigan University as well. Amy Biolchini is the K-12 education reporter for

Timeline of the first day of football practice across Washtenaw County

August 13, 2013 by

AnnArbor.com6 a.m. -- Check-in at Ypsilanti Community High School's first-ever football practice. Nearly 50 former Ypsilanti and Willow Run players are in attendance for the first day. "There can't be Willow Run and Ypsi, it has to be one team one mind, and we ...

Rain can't dampen spirits of new eras on first day of high school football practice

August 12, 2013 by

AnnArbor.comWhat was new to both Ypsilanti and Willow Run players was the high turnout. There were nearly 50 players at varsity practice on Monday and Pipkins expects a JV roster of about 25. Two seasons ago, Ypsilanti's roster size was in the teens by season's ...

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