The Ypsi School Board, as I suspect you know by now, voted yesterday, at the urging of the State, to pass a Deficit Elimination Plan calling for the closure of yet another school, and the firing of close to 100 teachers and other employees. Parents, and those concerned about the state of Ypsi’s public schools, will be gathering tomorrow (Wednesday) evening to discuss possible responses. The following comes from our friend, Maria Cotera.
Dear friends of Ypsi Schools,
You may know by now that the School Board passed a revised DEP that called for the closure of one elementary school in 2013, as well as massive cuts in Special Ed, staffing, athletics, transportation, and the closure of Estabrook pool. This DEP is only the latest in a series of cuts that the District has been forced to make as a result of financial difficulties (largely) created by structural underfunding at the State level. I think it’s pretty clear after last night’s meeting that the District is in CRISIS mode, and is doing everything it can to stay afloat and avoid an Emergency Financial Manager.
Some parents have decided to come together to talk about what this means for the future of our schools. We have graciously been offered the space to do so by parents at Ypsilanti Middle School. I know this is short notice, but their PTO is meeting tomorrow, Wednesday (May 9) until 7:30 after which time we can come in and have a meeting about the state of the district and the role of the community in envisioning a sustainable educational system in Ypsilanti.
We will meet in the media center at Ypsilanti Middle School at 7:30. Turn right when you enter the building and the media center is just down the hall on the right.
Please forward this email to your parent/community contacts.
[note: Our previous discussion on the Deficit Elimination Plan can be found here.]