Ypsi School Board to vote on Braves issue again

December 5, 2006 by  
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The Ypsilanti School Board will be revisiting the issue of the Braves name at a meeting this Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 at 7pm.

In the spring of 2006, the board voted to remove the Native American likeness associated with the high school athletic program, but to continue to identify the various high school sports teams as the “Braves.” District officials have worked to comply with the directive, removing the Brave head from the high school identification signs, scoreboards and the Hall of Fame room.

The School Board meets in room 100, located in the lower level of Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard Road.

Ypsilanti to settle lawsuit with former City Clerk

December 2, 2006 by  
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The City of Ypsilanti has agreed (see pg. 87) to settle a civil rights discrimination lawsuit filed by former City Clerk Cherry Lawson. Lawson, formerly from Detroit, is now the City Clerk in Sedona, Arizona.

Lawson filed the suit claiming she had been discriminated against when she was promoted to interim clerk after long-time City Clerk Bob Slone retired in 2004. Including Slone, nine department managers have left the city in the last 30 months.

When a department manager left the City, it had been the practice over the past two years for the City to appoint an employee as interim manager. The interim manager would then receive the same pay as the manager that had quit.

However, the City did not do that when they promoted Lawson from deputy clerk to interim clerk in 2004.

According to the City, on October 3, 2006, City Council met in closed session with the City’s labor attorney Dave Kempner to discuss options. While the settlement agreement was not available from the City, the settlement amount is expected to be just under $7,000.

City Council will vote on approving the settlement on Tuesday, December 5, 2006.

Ypsi High Student Council help students stay warm

December 1, 2006 by  
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Ypsilanti High School Student Council members, left to right, Michelle Douglas, James Barmore and Emma Kennedy, assist with preparing gently used clothes that will be available to Ypsilanti School families in need.

The clothing distribution is an annual program coordinated by school nurse Carolyn Falsetta. Clothes are distributed on Wednesdays from 1-5pm at the former George Elementary School on Ecorse Road. YHS Student Council members are working on Wednesdays to help sort the clothes and keep the room in order.

If you have winter coats or clothing, in good condition, that you’d like to donate, the items can be left at any YPS school building with a note indicating the item is for Carolyn Falsetta. For more information, contact Emma Jackson, (734) 714-1202 or ejackson@ypsd.org.

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