WISD Overview

WISD Historical Timeline

  • In 1962, with the creation of Intermediate School Districts, Julius Haab is the WISD first Superintendent.
  • Nick A. Ianni succeeds Mr. Haab as Superintendent. Mr. Ianni previously served as the Superintendent of Dexter Community Schools.
  • During the Ianni years, the district focused on providing adequate facilities for essential educational services. The ISD offices had been housed in the county building and then temporarily downtown Ann Arbor at 130 S. First.
  • Land on Wagner Road was purchased and construction of the service center (Teaching and Learning Center) was completed in 1969.
  • In 1971 a bond was issued for the construction of High Point School and the facility was completed in 1975. High Point School first opened its doors to students in May 1975. Along with this, voters approved a special education operating millage to meet growing demands for services.
  • In 1986 Supt. Ianni retires and is succeeded by Dr. Michael O. Emlaw, who previously served as Superintendent of Ludington Schools and East Detroit Schools.
  • In 1987 voters approved a bond to remodel High Point and the Teaching and Learning Center. The buildings were rededicated in 1992.
  • During the 1992 dedication, Nick A. Ianni and Elvira Vogel are given special recognition for each giving over 30 years of service to education.
  • During the 1990s, WISD moved from basic programming to leading in inclusive education for students with special needs. In 1993, voters approved an increase in special education operating millage.
  • Following Dr. Emlaw’s retirement, Dr. William Miller moved from the assistant superintendent spot to lead WISD. He had been an elementary principal in Traverse City before joining WISD.
  • In the new millennium, the district focused on quality and equity, by including students with special needs into the regular education classroom, with support.
  • A seven-year increase in the special education operating millage is passed by voters in 2004.
  • During this era, WISD launched a number of secondary options including the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw International High School (an International Baccalaureate program) and Washtenaw Widening Advancement for Youth.
  • In 2011 Richard Leyshock is named interim Superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. Miller.
  • The board votes to hire Scott A. Menzel in 2011. Mr. Menzel served as the Superintendent of the Livingston Educational Service Agency and Whitmore Lake Public Schools.
  • In 2012-13, intermediate school districts marked the 50th anniversary of providing quality programs and services to students, parents, schools and the community.
  • In 2012-13, WISD was asked to lead the consolidation work of two local districts, Willow Run Community Schools and Ypsilanti Public Schools, now known as Ypsilanti Community Schools.
  • In 2016 voters approved a 1.5 millage increase to special education funding.