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YPSILANTI: Consolidated district to be named Ypsilanti Community Schools


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After months of deliberation and community feedback, the consolidated school district finally can fill the blank name plaque.

As of July 1, “Ypsilanti Community Schools” will take over and Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run Community Schools will be no more.

YPSILANTI: Mixing heritage of Ypsilanti, Willow Run popular among suggested district names

The Board of Education voted to officially make Ypsilanti Community Schools the district’s name over Eastern Washtenaw Community Schools at its Monday meeting.

The districts’ Name Recognition Committee, comprised of school board members, community parents and school staff members, narrowed the selection down to the two possibilities.

Board members expressed their interest in using “community” within the title, but ultimately felt excluding Ypsilanti from the district’s identity was a bad idea.

“Ypsilanti is the thing that we all share,” said Don Garrett, Board vice president. “To the Willow Run people . . . it’s bigger than us. When we say ‘Ypsilanti,’ it’s us – all of us. We will lose our identity [if we chose Eastern Washtenaw].”

Garrett stressed to the meeting’s audience the naming committee was evenly comprised of Willow Run and Ypsilanti representatives and the new name doesn’t forsake Willow Run’s heritage, but marries it to Ypsilanti’s.

“We're not just building a district of a few, we're building a district of many,” he said.

District administration, with the assistance of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, have been accepting name ideas for a few months and hosted several public input sessions to help narrow the nearly 200 ideas to the final two. Continued...

While the name has been selected and accepted, the district’s mascot and logo have yet to be narrowed down.

District administrators said meetings focusing on more district identity will be held soon, although exact dates have yet to be determined.
After months of deliberation and community feedback, the consolidated school district finally can fill the blank name plaque.

As of July 1, “Ypsilanti Community Schools” will take over and Ypsilanti Public Schools and Willow Run Community Schools will be no more.

YPSILANTI: Mixing heritage of Ypsilanti, Willow Run popular among suggested district names

The Board of Education voted to officially make Ypsilanti Community Schools the district’s name over Eastern Washtenaw Community Schools at its Monday meeting.

The districts’ Name Recognition Committee, comprised of school board members, community parents and school staff members, narrowed the selection down to the two possibilities.

Board members expressed their interest in using “community” within the title, but ultimately felt excluding Ypsilanti from the district’s identity was a bad idea.

“Ypsilanti is the thing that we all share,” said Don Garrett, Board vice president. “To the Willow Run people . . . it’s bigger than us. When we say ‘Ypsilanti,’ it’s us – all of us. We will lose our identity [if we chose Eastern Washtenaw].”

Garrett stressed to the meeting’s audience the naming committee was evenly comprised of Willow Run and Ypsilanti representatives and the new name doesn’t forsake Willow Run’s heritage, but marries it to Ypsilanti’s.

“We're not just building a district of a few, we're building a district of many,” he said.

District administration, with the assistance of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, have been accepting name ideas for a few months and hosted several public input sessions to help narrow the nearly 200 ideas to the final two.

While the name has been selected and accepted, the district’s mascot and logo have yet to be narrowed down.

District administrators said meetings focusing on more district identity will be held soon, although exact dates have yet to be determined.

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