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Posted on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 3:16 p.m.

Board to select name for new Ypsilanti-Willow Run district Monday night

By Danielle Arndt

The unified Board of Education for Ypsilanti and Willow Run is expected to vote Monday night on what it will call the new school district.


The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board.

Willow Run Community Schools and Ypsilanti Public Schools will merge effective July 1. The merger was approved in November’s general election, with more than 60 percent of voters in both districts in favor of consolidation.

After fielding more than 280 name suggestions from county residents of all ages, the proposed names for the new district were divided into five categories: community, geography, names of people, future expectations, local history, points of pride and miscellaneous.

Geography won out in the proposals. The three finalists the board will choose from are: Ypsilanti Community Schools, Ypsilanti United School District or Eastern Washtenaw Community Schools.

A previous poll, although not a scientific measure, showed Ypsilanti Community Schools was a favorite among residents.

Monday’s board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Willow Run High School, 235 Spencer Lane, in Ypsilanti. Each board will conduct individual business first and a joint meeting for the new district will take place afterward, at approximately 8 p.m.

A news conference related to grant money for the new district also will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at Willow Run High School.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


Fresh Start

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 9:30 p.m.

I hope the new board can come together in unanimous support of the new name so they can get to the important work of running the new district for the benefit of the whole community: students, parents and staff. Eyes of the entire state on watching and pulling for you. Onward and upward!