Three New Trustees Sworn In; Sinking Fund Millage Increase Proposed

Arbor Public Schools Board of Education organizational meeting (January 18, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet in executive session at 5:30 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The organizational meeting, starting at 7:00 PM, will be the first of the year with a new board. Three new trustees will join the board at this meeting: Jeff Gaynor, Harmony Mitchell, and Jessica Kelly. Gaynor and Mitchell were elected on November 8; Kelly was selected by the previous Board on December 16 to fill a seat vacated by Donna Lasinski.

After the new trustees are sworn in, an election will be held for Board officers, and the Parliamentarian will be appointed. Committee assignments will be determined, and the 2017 meeting schedule will be approved.

Two first briefings are scheduled. Jill Minnick, Chief Financial Officer, will cover the liability insurance renewal. A sinking fund millage proposal will also be made.

Board action will taken to accept the Board of Canvassers report of the November 8, 2106 election.


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Kelly Sworn in as Trustee

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 16, 2016): Westerman Preschool, 2775 Boardwalk

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet in executive session at 6:00 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The regular meeting will begin at 6:15 PM. The trustees are holding the meeting to try once again to fill the vacant seat left after Donna Lasinski resigned on November 16. They reached an impasse at the December 14 meeting. The two candidates who the trustees were deadlocked on, Deb Mexicotte and Steve Norton, have since withdrawn their candidacies.

Since Board President Deb Mexicotte withdrew her candidacy, she will preside over the procedure and will act as a voting member.

The board candidate selection will be the focus of this meeting. The seat needs to be filled by the end of day to keep it from being moved to the purview of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD). The trustees will go over the procedure they will use to vote, there is the opportunity for discussion and deliberation, then they will vote to appoint a trustee to fill the vacant seat. Once that vote takes place, the new trustee will take the oath of office and be sworn in immediately.

Public commentary will follow the trustee selection.


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Board at an Impasse Over Empty Seat

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 14, 2016): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet in executive session at 5:00 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The regular meeting, starting at 7:00 PM, will begin with the board vacancy applicant public statements. The six candidates will each have three minutes to address the question posed by the trustees at the interviews this past Friday: “Tell us why we should pick you to fill this vacancy.” Each candidate’s application is viewable on the district website.

Directly after the public statements, the deliberation and voting process will take place. Once a candidate receives four or more votes, that person will immediately be sworn in as a trustee, filling the seat left vacant by the resignation of Donna Lasinski.

The trustees will hear several informational reports: an update on the Court of Appeals – Ulysses Wong and Michigan Gun Owners v AAPS; the monthly financial monitoring report; the 2016/17 staffing report; and a preview of 2017/18 enhancements.

No first briefing items are on the agenda.

Second briefing items include: the Technology Refresh Bid Recommendation, the Allen Elementary Furniture Replacement Purchase Recommendation, and Allen Bid Recommendations: Additional Flooring and Paint.

The consent agenda will include the technology refresh bid, the Allen furniture replacement purchase, and the additional flooring and paint at Allen.

Board action is to be taken on a transportation contract amendment.


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