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YPSILANTI - About 70 health impaired students in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District will not be using Estabrook School until the Ypsilanti Board of Education finds out how many district students may be displaced.

The board tabled the decision this week, despite endorsing the $4.66-million renovation project. About five classrooms would be used for instruction of the children in the Physically and Otherwise Health Impaired Program.

Right now the POHI program is functioning at Eastern Michigan University. The proposed plan calls for the school district and WISD to share the costs at Estabrook. The proposal calls for WISD to operate the school on a lease running at least 50 years.

Board member Thomas Manchester wants to know how many students might be displaced and asked that cost allocations be studied before a final decision is made. Those questions should be answered by next week’s meeting, board members said.

In order to finance the renovation a bond issue would be on the June ballot and its passage would mean a .13 mill annual levy countywide.

In other action, the Ypsilanti board increased the substitute teacher pay from $26 a day to $30 a day. If a substitute teacher worked more than 20 consecutive days the pay would be $53.80 a day. That pay raise will be effective starting Jan. 3.

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