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Posted on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 5:16 p.m.

Write-in candidate files for Ypsilanti School Board

By Julie Baker

Editor's note: This story has been corrected.

Write-in candidate Karyn Goven has entered the race for two spots on the Ypsilanti School Board.

She will face Andy Fanta, Linda Horne and Eric Temple in her bid for a spot on the school board.

In order to become a valid write-in candidate, an individual must file a Declaration of Intent with the appropriate filling official by 4 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the election, according to the Washtenaw County Clerk's Office website.

Goven's name will not appear on the ballot Tuesday, but voters may select her for the position by writing her name in the blank space provided and darken the oval.

A Facebook page promotes her campaign.

Goven could not immediately be reached for comment.


Martin Church

Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 5:58 p.m.

Sure wish someone would have written an article about this before 7am this morning. I would have voted for an alternative instead of having to hold my nose as I voted. Why was this story not included in Sunday's story. Or yea there are no reporters who investigate stories in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti.


Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 11:08 a.m.

&quot;...TOO many on the board who are teachers and/or administrators in other school districts?&quot; The board president is a teacher in Dearborn, and one trustee works for the WISD. It always seemed to me an advantage to have school board members who knew about education. As for a conflict of interest with Willow Run, Ms. Goven no longer works for Willow Run; she works for the State of Michigan managing the Detroit Learning Labs (see her Facebook page: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>. Karyn Goven would be a welcome addition to the Ypsilanti School Board.


Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 11:18 a.m.

that great to know. She's got my vote. as for your first part - In this case, I don't think so. In other cases probably but really, I think the Ypsi schools needs some very painful decision making to get the academic levels out of the commode.


Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 10:48 a.m.

She will likely get my vote instead of Andy Fanta - Andy's a good guy but he's given up and is talking in circles about protecting teachers and bus drivers from state cuts but then keeping those cuts away from the class room. That being said, I have a problem with a failing school district that CLEARLY has too many on the board protecting the adults instead of the children and TOO many on the board who are teachers and/or administrators in other school districts. It just presents a conflict of interest in my view. Ypsilanti has been an utterly failing school district (but always improving...wink wink) for at least 30 years. I was recently reminded of that because I was having a conversation with friend about why they pulled their kid last year &quot;wasn't safe and was learning things we didn't want repeated in public&quot; and that was the exact phrase reason a professor of mine used when talking about why he pulled his kids out of Ypsi schools back in the early 80s. The current situation is exemplary of all that along with a failure to take the steps that make solid/real academic achievement a requirement before sports and other extracurriculars. And, in this specific case, there will be a conflict of interest when it comes to the discussions about merging Willow Run and Ypsi Schools. I would be interested in knowing if she will recuse/abstain from that conversation based on her conflict in interests? Now before you claim I hate teachers - look at my earlier comments. Our teachers are heroic in Ypsi schools. And, this school system is getting the blame for all the things they can't control when these kids go home. That being said, there is a point where it becomes time to deal with reality.


Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 3:11 a.m.

She has my vote!


Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 1:13 a.m.

Karyn would be great on the school board! Write her in, and spread the word!