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Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

Ypsilanti schools to recall 1 language arts teacher at Monday's board meeting

By Danielle Arndt

Ypsilanti Public Schools expects to recall one high school language arts teacher for at-risk students during Monday's Board of Education meeting.

The recall is coming after analyzing grant money the district expects to receive from the Michigan Department of Education for Title 1. Under Title 1, the state provides funding for prevention/intervention services for neglected or delinquent children to help schools improve these students’ academic performance.


Sharon Irvine

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Sharon Irvine, executive director of human resources for YPS, said the individual being recalled is the only person on the district’s layoff list certified to teach the at-risk high school language arts course. The teacher's salary and benefits will be paid through Title 1 funding.

Irvine said the district still does not know exactly how much money it will receive via Title 1 for the upcoming school year. However, Irvine said the high school staff member had to be recalled now so the teacher could complete the required professional development during the summer months.

The district passed a budget and deficit elimination plan for 2012-13 calling for 97 staff position cuts. That number recently was increased to about 105. Approximately 75 of those reductions are being obtained via layoffs. The remaining 30 were achieved through retirements or resignations.

The Ypsilanti school board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Ypsilanti High School in room 138. Download a copy of the agenda here.

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Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 12:05 p.m.

105 staff position cuts. Wow! I'm amazed that it is possible to cut that many positions and still keep operating. So many positions have already been eliminated. How many staff positions will remain after these cuts?


Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 10:57 a.m.

Come on can't "recall" a teacher because you don't vote for them. You can't "recall" this particular teacher because the teacher's name wasn't released. I wonder what processed was used to recall that person into a Title 1 position. 75 teachers were cut, and an additional 30 retired or resigned. Obviously those 30 would not be coming back. But I'm shocked, yet also relieved, that out of those 75 teachers only one had the qualifications to fulfill the position.

Deborah Stevens

Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 10:37 p.m.

Confusing headline- I read "recall" in the sense of recalling a politician.

Terry Star21

Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 10:32 p.m.

I agree with Webster defines one option of recall as remembering. What I find mind boggling is, 105 staff position cuts. These are defined by 'budget and deficit elimination plan'. I am reading that this was a money issue and not specifically student enrollment decline ? I don't understand, how we as a nation can spend billions at war, supposedly protecting our freedom and short change education costs - the very population that will be running our country some day. What is happening to the Michigan lotteries, claiming to pay over 85% of that money to education ? Meanwhile, Lawyers, Realtors and such make outrageous money to buy cars, houses, vacations, etc. by lounging around with cell phone in hand. Every child can't choose that low life profession however, we need teachers to provide education. America needs to get serious about education, and the future of America. No replies accepted.


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 9:48 p.m.

This use of the word "recall' had me puzzled at first. I thought they might be honoring the teacher, as in remembering him/him for service to Ypsilanti. There are several other meanings to "recall" but the one used in the headline and article is not one I'm familiar with.


Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 11:22 a.m.

It's pretty simple. As per set policy, teachers are pink slipped, or notified of a potential layoff, at the end of the school year. Once budgetary issues are resolved and other bean counting is done, eg, the true number of teachers retiring/leaving for another district, the school can get a true handle on its needs and ability to pay for the following year. In this case, with Title 1 funding, the monies were available to bring back, or recall, one teacher. Ever heard of Ford laying off a set number of employees and then "recalling" them? Same principle.