Ann Arbor public schools superintendent Pat Green's proposed budget cuts of $8.7 million for next school year include a reduction of 75 employees. It's the starting point for budget discussions, as we hear from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Students in the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts have voted, and it looks like the mascot for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools will be the Grizzlies.
Students in grades seven through 12 voted, and more than 45 percent chose Grizzlies. A little over 30 percent liked Trailblazers, and Flyers got less than 20 percent of the vote.
The unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school board Thursday night will consider a recommendation from its Name and Identity Advisory Group that it approve Grizzlies as the mascot, along with a black and "Vegas" gold color combination.
Ypsilanti city council Tuesday night approved a contract with the city's police officers union. The approval followed a tie vote earlier in the meeting that rejected the contract.
Council members Brian Robb, Susan Moeller and Pete Murdock had voted "no" on the contract. Moeller wasn't happy that the contract didn't include raises. Robb wanted pension costs for Police Officers Association members capped, similar to the city's contract with the Command Officers Association. Council member Daniel Vogt was not present at the meeting.
Washtenaw County's point-in-time homeless count saw a jump of 123 additional people without shelter this year compared to the count day in 2011. County officials fear the problem of homelessness may continue to grow. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Grants encourage students to walk or bike to school rather than ride in a car or school bus. First ward Ann Arbor city council member Sabra Briere is our guest this week on Issues of the Environment from WEMU.