According to an anonymous source WISD/YCS Superintendent Scott Menzel and YCS Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki surprised the staff at the Ypsilanti Community School Middle School-Willow Run Campus Thursday by holding what was termed a questions and answers discussion with the teaching staff over the issue of overcrowding and concern for safety at the middle school. A confidential source told Purple Walrus Press Thursday evening that while some teachers were upset and frustrated by the meeting, other teachers, including our source, thought that the meeting was constructive and well intentioned. Our source did state however that some staff members did feel “ambushed” by the meeting since no advance notice had been given to teachers. It is the opinion of our source that Menzel and Lisiscki had good intentions and wanted to assure staff that they were empathetic to their concerns about overcrowding and safety, but that at times their statements seemed off the cuff, awkward, and left open to interpretation. Our source gives Menzel credit for listening to the staff Thursday. However, it is clear that there were staff members who were frustrated and not appeased by the impromptu meeting. According to our source one teacher “stormed out of the meeting in tears.” There were many different interpretations of of today’s meeting among the staff according to our source.
Jeff Brown Editor in Chief
(Previous coverage of the situation at YCS Middle School can be found by selecting the Ypsilanti Community Schools link below this post)