Washtenaw Intermediate School District

Colleen Klus
Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

When you have to worry about food, housing, and transportation, education can fall away on the list of priorities. Add in a healthy mistrust of a system known for systemic and institutionalized racism, and the barriers to success only grow. Knocking down those walls and building a better future is the goal of a group of "Trusted Parent Advisors." The group of seven women have been knocking on doors for four years and are having a great deal of success. WEMU's David Fair found out more about the program in his conversation with Washtenaw Intermediate School District community engagement specialist and parent liaison Colleen Klus. 


Naomi Norman
Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

There can't be equality until equity is achieved. Self-awareness and understanding of where systemic and institutionalized bias exists is the launch point. The United Way of Washtenaw County is about to kick off another 21-Day Equity Challenge, and its aim is to create recognition and awareness and provide a foundation for change. Naomi Norman is interim superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the benefits to public education and the people it serves. 


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Out of the 10 school districts that are part of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, only two currently offer in-person instruction options.  


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A worldwide Google outage affected virtual learning tools Monday morning used by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.  


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High schools in Washtenaw County will continue using a virtual learning model after the State of Michigan extended a statewide partial shutdown from December 8th to December 20th.  


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As of today, Wednesday, November 18th, all high schools in Washtenaw County with in-person instruction have shifted to virtual learning only.  

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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District says state and federal funding would be necessary if students are required to get tested for COVID-19 in the future. 

Washtenaw ISD

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is continuing to work with other local school districts to improve the remote learning experience for students throughout the county.


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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District says four of its districts experienced temporary issues with their internet connection on Tuesday as students began their virtual learning from home.  

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While not all school districts are offering school bus transportation this week as the new school year gets underway, five out of the nine districts that are part of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District will have service.  

Washtenaw ISD

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will start its school year with online-only learning.


WISD Helping Schools Prepare For In-Person Instruction

Jul 16, 2020
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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will launch its Safe Schools Washtenaw campaign drive next week to help its districts prepare for in-person instruction in the fall.  

WISD Expecting Decreased Revenue

May 7, 2020
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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District expects to receive less state revenue sharing this year as a result of COVID-19.  


The state deadline to start implementing “distance learning plans” for school districts during the coronavirus pandemic is April 28th. 


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the emergency child care services executive order for essential workers.  


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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is now reviewing “Distance Learning Plan” proposals that will determine how local students will learn from home for the rest of the school year.  


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School districts across Washtenaw County are facing technological challenges to continue educating students as they stay at home.


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David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The 21-Day Equity Challenge continues this month as put forth by the United Way of Washtenaw County.  The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) is working to contributing to the cause, not only through the challenge, but throughout the year.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair talks with WISD superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel and WISD justice facilitator Greg Myers about the district's work to promote equity and social justice.


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Ann Arbor voters will soon decide whether or not to approve a $1 billion millage that would go towards upgrading the infrastructure of the Ann Arbor public school district.  As part of that coverage, WEMU's Patrick Campion presents a retrospective on the impact of Proposal A, which was designed to improve financing for Michigan's schools.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

As part of an effort to ensure election security, State of Michigan officials were in Washtenaw County on Thursday for an audit.  The Secretary of State's Office wants voters to feel confident that their votes are accurately counted. 


Scott Menzel
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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District's $53.2 million-dollar bond passed in Tuesday's election with  nearly 56% voter approval.  The result will be a new High Point School in Ann Arbor that better serves the nearly 400 of the county's special needs students.  District superintendent Scott Menzel joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss to discuss what happens next. 


With under 10-percent turnout, voters in Washtenaw County approved a $53.2-million-dollar bond issue to overhaul High Point School in Ann Arbor.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, the money will dramatically change the configuration on the school that serves special needs students from all school districts in the county.

  

Scott Menzel
Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

High Point School in Ann Arbor serves the special needs of students with disabilities from all school districts in Washtenaw County.  It is operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and serves students aged from three to 26.  Next Tuesday, voters will decide a bond issue that allow for investment of over $53 million in making the facility more accessible and functional.  WEMU’s David Fair sat down with WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel to learn more about the school, its students, and the details of what could be accomplished with passage of the ballot issue.


Scott Menzel
Washtenaw Intermediate School District / wisd.org

With classes getting underway, the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Scott Menzel, talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about what they will be focusing on as the new academic year begins.


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WEMU is happy to announce that On the Ground Ypsi will continue through 2018.  We start this week's edition with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly meeting with a team of aspiring young engineers from Ypsilanti Community High School, who want to show off their skills on the national stage.


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Wednesday morning seemed just a bit brighter for Scott Menzel.  The WISD Superintendent headed to work knowing a vast majority of voters, in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County, renewed support for a tax levy to support special education services. 


Washtenaw County Public Health
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The Washtenaw County Health Department has a new suicide prevention support group for parents.

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The amount of waste generated in schools per academic year can be staggering.  Fortunately, schools in Washtenaw County seek to change that.  This week, we talk with Randy Trent, director of operations for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, about introducing recycling programs in local schools.


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Washtenaw Intermediate School District will see an increase in preschool funding under a bill signed by Governor Rick Snyder Monday. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will have its first meeting tonight since voters approved a special education millage.  


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