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Posted on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 12:37 p.m.

Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district approved for $6.5M in consolidation grant money

By Danielle Arndt

Ypsilanti and Willow Run school officials will receive a minimum of $6.5 million to help with launching their new, unified district this summer.


The new Ypsilanti-Willow Run unified school district was approved for more than $6.5 million in grant money to help open its doors this fall.

Officials got word Friday that their grant application was approved for the full requested amount.

Officials asked for more than $6.5 million of $10 million in grant money that Gov. Rick Snyder set aside in this year’s School Aid Fund. Snyder said his hope for the $10 million was to incentivize schools to “come up with efficiencies they otherwise would not be able to fund.”

There will be a press conference at 6 p.m. Monday at Willow Run High School to discuss the specifics of the grant and various next steps, Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel told early Monday afternoon.

The press conference will take place before the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. At the meeting, the board is expected to vote on one of three names for the new district: Ypsilanti Community Schools, Ypsilanti United School District or Eastern Washtenaw Community Schools.

Among the aspects of consolidation that the grant money will help fund are:

  • Changing the locks and re-keying the buildings.
  • Integrating the two districts’ technical systems. Right now, one district uses Macs and the other PCs.
  • Hiring a consultant to provide oversee the merger.
  • Staff, administrator and board professional development.
  • Purchasing new athletic and band uniforms.
  • Designing an early childhood family development center.
  • Bridging the summer school programs from the old districts to the unified district, so at-risk students may still receive extra instruction through the summer during the transitional period.

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



Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 11:56 a.m.

I am still wondering how they are going to blend the curriculum of the two districts. I don't see anything here that reflects issue.


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 9:10 p.m.

In one article today there are concerns about Ypsi's central administrations handling grant funds, and they are awarded 6.5 million to aide in the consolidation efforts. Who gets the raise and new contract?

Dog Guy

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 7:16 p.m.

What a lovely wedding present! Have you sent the "thank you card" yet?


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 6:32 p.m.

I hope there will be a *lot* of oversight on that money, so it gets spent wisely, and doesn't end up in someone's pocket!