Ypsilanti Public School District

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The Ypsilanti Public Schools' offices, on Packard Road.

The Ypsilanti Public School District was a public school district in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan,[1][2] and serving Ypsilanti. Its State of Michigan School District code was 81020. It merged with Willow Run Community Schools and formed Ypsilanti Community Schools in 2013.

History[edit]

In the 1940s officials from the federal government of the United States asked the Ypsilanti City School District to annex the Willow Run area, which included the Spencer School District. A referendum was held for voters in the Spencer School District, and Spencer voters rejected the measure on a 3-1 basis despite messages of support for the merger from the Spencer school district parent-teacher organization (PTA) and other area leaders. The Spencer district changed its name to the Willow Run district.[3]

As of the 2006-2007 school year, the Ypsilanti district used the four-tier system composed of Pre-K/K, 1-5, 6-8, and 9-12 Grade Levels that it has used since the 1993-1994 school year. Prior to that, the district used a system composed of Pre-K/K, 1-6, 7-9, and 10-12 Grade Levels since the transition of Perry to a Pre-K/K building.

On June 8, 2009, the YPS school board unanimously passed a resolution to "discuss options for the consideration and sharing of services" with the Lincoln School District, which had passed a similar resolution. Board members also left open the option of incorporating the Willow Run School District into the talks at a future date.[4]

On November 6, 2012, voters in both the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts voted to consolidate the two districts.[5] The two districts became one unified district, Ypsilanti Community Schools, on July 1, 2013.[6] A unified school board, appointed by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Board of Education, was formed to oversee the transition.[7][8]

The final day of classes for YPS was Friday June 7, 2013.[9]

Schools[edit]

Ypsilanti Public Schools Safe School Program vehicle. The program's mission is to prevent substance abuse.

Pre-School/Kindergarten[edit]

  • Perry Child Development Center

Elementary Schools (Grades 1-5)[edit]

  • Adams Math and Science Academy (Closed at the end of 2015/2016 school year)
  • Erickson Elementary School
  • Estabrook Elementary School (Grades 2-8)

Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)[edit]

  • Ypsilanti Middle School (formerly West Middle School)
  • Washtenaw International Middle Academy (formerly East Middle School)

High School (Grades 9-12)[edit]

Other Schools[edit]

  • New Directions Alternative Education (formerly known as Fletcher Elementary School; named for Elizabeth Fletcher, mother of Harris Fletcher[citation needed])
  • Forest Avenue School
  • Regional Career Technical Center (RCTC)

Former Schools (Currently closed)[edit]

  • George Elementary School (most recently known as George Multiage Academy)
  • Chapelle Community School (formerly Chapelle Elementary School) [10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Township Map (Map). Ypsilanti Township. Archived from the original (JPG) on November 9, 2005. Retrieved 22 Jun 2009.  (Archive on webcitation)
  2. ^ Home page. Ypsilanti Public School District. November 9, 2005. Retrieved on September 1, 2015. "1885 Packard Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48197"
  3. ^ Peterson, Sarah Jo. Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run (Historical Studies of Urban America). University of Chicago Press, May 22, 2013. ISBN 022602542X, 9780226025421. p. 219.
  4. ^ Cavanaugh, Jim (2009-06-09). "YPS, Lincoln agree to discuss service consolidation". Ypsilanti Citizen. Retrieved 2009-06-09. Monday night, the Ypsilanti Board of Education passed a 7-0 resolution calling on YPS to “discuss options for the consideration and sharing of services” with the Lincoln Board of Education, which also passed a similar resolution...YPS Vice President Linda Horne inquired about the possibility of Willow Run joining in the talks. 
  5. ^ "What's next? Merger puts Ypsilanti-Willow Run school districts in 'uncharted territory'". Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Ypsilanti Community Schools to launch on Monday". Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
  7. ^ Shaw, Danny. "YPSILANTI-WILLOW RUN SCHOOLS: Martin, Lisiscki 'courageous' for unifying school districts". Ypsilanti Courier. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  8. ^ Arndt, Danielle. "1 Ypsilanti board member, 2 Willow Run and 4 fresh faces picked to lead joint school district". The Ann Arbor News. 
  9. ^ Hoedl, Chelsea. "Students, staff reflect as Ypsilanti Public School District dismisses for final time" (Archived 2015-09-01 at WebCite). The Ann Arbor News. Friday June 7, 2013. Retrieved on September 1, 2015.
  10. ^ Perkins, Tom. "Ypsilanti Public Schools Will Close Chapelle, East Middle". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 

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