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Superintendent of newly consolidated Michigan school system will continue to work for his current district

The joint Ypsilanti-Willow Run (Mich.) Board of Education has approved a cooperative agreement with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District for Washtenaw Superintendent Scott Menzel to serve as the leader of the new consolidated district. AnnArborNews.com says Ypsilanti Community Schools will compensate Menzel $60,000 per fiscal year for his services during the merger transition, according to the contract. Menzel earns a base salary of $156,500 as superintendent in Washtenaw. Each of the current Ypsilanti and Willow Run superintendents will be retained as associate superintendents under Menzel. The joint board also has decided which buildings in the newly consolidated district will house secondary students. Students enrolling in grades 5-8 in Ypsilanti will attend the current Willow Run High School and Intermediate Learning Center; students in ninth through 12th grade will attend Ypsilanti High School. Ypsilanti Middle School will be closed for the coming school year, but it could reopen in the future.

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