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Posted on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 3:18 p.m.

New district names Ypsilanti native as principal of Erickson Elementary

By Danielle Arndt

Ypsilanti native Aaron Rose has been named principal of Erickson Elementary School.


Aaron Rose

Rose previously was turned down for athletic director and a principal's position in the initial round of interviews for the unified Ypsilanti Community Schools district.

Erickson will remain a grades 2-6 elementary for the inaugural year of the district, which officially launches on Monday.

Rose bleeds Ypsilanti pride, according to a press release Thursday evening announcing his hiring.

He is a product of both the Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run Community Schools. He spent grades K-7 in Willow Run and grades 8-12 in Ypsilanti. He obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University and has spent his entire professional career at Ypsilanti schools.

"I'm very familiar with both educational systems and I'm looking forward to being part of shaping the new, unified district," Rose said in the release. "I've always wanted to be principal of an elementary school, and Erickson has an amazing history. This is an outstanding opportunity."

Rose spent nine years as an elementary teacher at the start of his career, before becoming a middle school algebra teacher. Most recently, Rose served as assistant principal of Ypsilanti High School.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent and soon-to-be YCS Superintendent Scott Menzel said Rose will provide stability for students and staff in his new position at Erickson.

"Aaron was already a part of our leadership team, and we are looking forward to having him at the helm of Erickson," Menzel said in Thursday's news release. "Aaron is well known and respected in the community and will be an asset in his new role."

As a result of the merger, all staff in both Ypsilanti and Willow Run had to reapply for their jobs in the new consolidated district. Staff also could apply for multiple jobs.

Many Ypsilanti community members were upset when Rose was not initially retained by the new district.

The initial round of principal interviews took place in early April. There were five principals from Ypsilanti and one principal from Willow Run offered one of the building leadership roles in the new district, however, Rose was not one of them. The Erickson principal position was one of three building principal positions posted externally after the initial round of internal selections. Current employees of both Ypsilanti and Willow Run were encouraged to reapply if they did not receive a job offer in the first screening.

Rose also applied for the high school athletic director/assistant principal position at the new high school. The district later hired ex-NFL player and Willow Run High School graduate Lamanzer Williams to serve as AD.

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



Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 6:36 a.m.

I agree with you @Gold&purple. Mr. Rose was the best principal I had while I attended Ypsi High all 4 years. People criticize about for nothing. Mr. Rose had a huge impact on my life this year as my principal. I wish him the best of luck

Sandy Castle

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 1:54 a.m.

Oh, those poor kids! They go from Mr. Carney who was absolutely wonderful to this. Good luck to those who stay.


Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 3:03 a.m.

Wow! You amaze me with your vicious personal attacks! Aaron Rose is well-loved and respected, and for very good reasons. You left the district awhile ago. It's time you let go of the venom.


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 9:56 p.m.

Congratulations to those students and teachers. Mr. Rose is a wonderful principal!

Dan r OBryan

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

is anyone surprised ,it was a Ypsilanti take over . 75 percent ypsilanti teachers . 5 to 1 on the principles. it speaks for its self'

Dan r OBryan

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 1:27 p.m.

apples to apples ,ypsi schools was much deeper in debt .lost more students and had to lowest meap scores. Ypsilanti schools was going to receive EMERGENCY MANAGER. Willow run had been cutting its debt for the past couple of years , So lets put as many people who created this mess back work ., Thats the facts


Sat, Jun 29, 2013 : 3:46 a.m.

That's not a fair assessment. Ypsi public was by far a much bigger district. It employed almost 3:1 the amount of teachers and had virtually the same ratio of students. Willow run employed less teachers and therefore had less teachers apply for positions. Let's compare apples to apples here.