Friday, December 7, 2012
The Wyandotte Board of Education voted at a special meeting Thursday to exchange McKinley School for three other properties.
The Wyandotte Board of Education approved an agreement to exchange properties with the city at a special meeting Thursday evening. The agreement, which was first dicussed at a meeting on Oct. 16, was for the sale and exchange of real property which includes exchanging McKinley School, 640 Plum, for three properties. Those properties are: Memorial Pool, 4460 18th; 2946 7th; and 906 Goddard. City Administrator Todd Drysdale said the city and school district have been discussing the exchange for several weeks. The City Council is set to vote on the matter Monday. Wyandotte Public Schools Superintendent Carla Harting said that the district currently provides heat and upkeep of the vacant McKinley property. "This transaction would be a …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Wyandotte Public Schools Scholarship Foundation President Rod Kreger made a presentation to the school board Tuesday about their continuing efforts to awards students.
One year ago, a partnership was formed to benefit students in need of financial assistance. And now, that partnership between the Wyandotte Public Schools Scholarship Foundation and Southgate Ford will continue to award students, according to Foundation President Rod Kreger, who made a presentation to the Wyandotte Board of Education on Tuesday night. Since the existence of the scholarship foundation, more than 600 students have been awarded financially, Kreger said. "We are overseeing a foundation of about $670,000," he said. "It is growing in terms of more people are becoming interested in providing endowments." Last year, Southgate Ford General Manager Jim Jurcak presented the foundation with a check for $2,500 to kick-start the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Grant from International Transmission Co. helps feed students at Garfield Elementary School.
Wyandotte’s Blessings in a Backpack received a big boost recently when Novi-based International Transmission Co. awarded a $10,000 grant to the program. The grant covers half of the $20,000 that it costs to run the program each year at Garfield Elementary School, said Wyandotte Blessings in a Backpack Committee Chairwoman Dana Browning, who also is a Wyandotte Board of Education trustee. The program, which began in 2011 in Wyandotte, allows students who qualify for free or reduced lunches to take home a backpack filled with enough food for three meals per day on the weekends. Volunteers fill the backpacks with nonperishable and easy-to-prepare items, such as macaroni and cheese, canned soup or cereal. Families must request the assistance …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Protesters allege part-time school worker harassed students last year.
About a dozen people marched in front of the Wyandotte Board of Education office on Thusday morning, rallying against what they call "racism in Wyandotte schools." Chanting slogans such as "the people united will never be defeated" and "Wyandotte school board, you should know, racism has got to go," the protesters marched for about an hour. Some of the protesters were families of Wyandotte students, while others were members of Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice. According to the group, African American students, along with friends of other races, have been victims of racial threats, bullying and intimidation for more than a year at Wilson Middle School. At least two students have allegedly been harassed by a part-time …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Protest to take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in front of the school board offices on Oak.
Members of Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice are planning a Thursday morning protest against Wyandotte Public Schools. Members plan to march in front of the school board offices at 639 Oak from 10 to 11 a.m. "to protest racism in Wyandotte schools." According to the group, African American students, along with their friends of other races, have been victims of racial threats, bullying and intimidation for more than a year at Wilson Middle School. "This situation has repeatedly been brought to the attention of the principal, the school board, the superintendent of schools and the police who have refused to do anything," protest organizers said in a press release. Thursday's protest is intended to "let Wyandotte know that …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Agreements were reached Tuesday with the unions representing the district's administrators, food service workers and paraprofessionals.
Wyandotte Board of Education members approved tentative contracts with the unions representing the district's administrators, food service workers and paraprofessionals at a special meeting Tuesday night. Each of the contracts include a wage freeze for all involved employees. While the food service workers don't receive health benefits, the other two unions have agreed to accept a high-deductible, no-cost health benefit plan, with deductibles ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. For each contract, a wage and benefit re-opener is in place, allowing for future negotiations to set wage and benefit costs for the 2013-15 school years. This comes a week after similar contracts were reached with the unions representing the district's teachers, …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The unions for Wyandotte Public Schools teachers, secretaries and maintenance staff have agreed to wage freezes and a high-deductible health plan in latest contracts.
On Tuesday night the Wyandotte Public Schools Board of Education agreed to tentative contracts with the unions representing its teachers, secretaries and maintenance staff. Each of the contracts includes a freeze on wages for each of the three groups of district employees involved. The unions for all three sets of employees also agreed upon a high-deductible, no-cost health benefit plan, with deductibles that will range from $1,000 to $2,000. For each contract, a wage and benefit re-opener is in place, allowing for future negotiations to set wage and benefit costs for the 2013-15 school years. Before agreeing to the contracts on Tuesday night, the board briefly stepped into closed session for discussion, then returned and unanimously …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Wyandotte Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve tentative labor contracts with the unions for its teachers, secretaries and maintenance workers.
The Wyandotte Public Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday night to approve three separate tentative labor contracts with employees of Wyandotte Public Schools. Contracts approved at the regularly-scheduled board meeting were with the separate unions representing school district teachers, secretaries and maintenance workers. Before voting, the board briefly went into closed session to discuss the contracts, then returned and voted unanimously to approve each one. Details for each of the tentative contract agreements were unavailable as of Tuesday night. Please check back with Wyandotte Patch for more information once it is available.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Robert Kirby, who served as vice president last year, is now the board president.
Wyandotte Board of Education members named their new officers for the 2012-13 school year during Tuesday night's organization meeting. Robert Kirby was named president. Chris Calvin will serve as vice president, Patrick Sutka as secretary and Stephanie Miello as treasurer. Kirby is starting his 12th year on the board. "I love being on the board," he said. "I believe we are making a difference." Calvin is beginning his fourth year on the board. "Its been really refreshing working with this board," he said. "The things we've accomplished and the new people we've brought in ... has been exciting." Sutka also is embarking on his fourth year on the board. "I'm very happy to continue to serve on the board," he said. "I am pleased with my fellow …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The current principal, Patrick Hickey, is expected to return to the classroom as a teacher.
Thomas Kell, the longtime principal at Wilson Middle School, has been appointed as the new principal at Roosevelt High School effective for the 2012-13 school year. Patrick Hickey, Roosevelt's current principal, is set to return to the classroom as a social studies teacher at Roosevelt. Kell said he's looking forward to new opportunities. "I’m very excited about working with the high school staff and the administration that is there," he said. "I will work extremely hard. That’s the way I operate. And we will do the things that are best for kids. And we’ll do it in a way that’s fun and exciting for hopefully the students and the staff." Board of Education members voted unanimously in favor of Kell at a special meeting on Tuesday. Board …