AAPS Trustees Approve Pioneer A/C Units; Budget is on Track

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (February 22, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet for a regular meeting, beginning at 7:00 PM this evening.

Community High School junior Clarence Collins will present in recognition of Black History Month.

The trustees will hear two information items. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will give an overview of this year’s AAPS National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) events, which occurred on Monday, February 13. Chief Financial Officer Jill Minnick will give January’s monthly budget monitoring report.

No first briefings are scheduled.

The Pioneer High School A/C Unit Bid Recommendation is up for a second briefing. The district is looking to replace the two rooftop unites installed above Pioneer’s cafeteria. Currently, one unit does not work and the other unit is “close to failure.”  The recommendation is for the bid to go to WJ O’Neil Company for an amount of $191,840. The Board will vote on the recommendation at tonight’s meeting.


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AAPS Board Mulls School Start Time Survey Results; Allen Elem Set to Reopen April 12

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (February 8, 2017): Pioneer High School, 601 W Stadium Blvd.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will vote themselves into executive session at 5:30 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift will give an update on Allen Elementary. The Allen school community has been housed in West Middle School in Ypsilanti since a broken water main flooded in August of last year.

Further information regarding high school start times will be given by Paul DeAngelis, Executive Director High School Education. He was not able to fully present the results of the ThoughtExchange survey conducted in December 2016 at the last board meeting, as the ThoughtExchange reps weren’t available to present at such a late hour.

A first briefing will be given on a Pioneer High School A/C Unit Bid Recommendation.

No second briefings are scheduled.

Board action will be taken on the annual approval of financial institutions and on a resolution on the immigration executive order. At the last regular meeting, trustee Harmony Mitchell asked the executive team to examine JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo banks, as they both support DAPL, the Dakota Access Pipeline.


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AAPS Trustees Pass Resolution Opposing DeVos Nomination; Move Forward on Millage Proposal

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting/study session (January 25, 2017): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will have a combined regular meeting and study session tonight beginning at 5:30 PM.

The regular meeting will begin with special recognition given to the school board trustees. January is School Board Recognition Month.

The trustees will hear the monthly budget monitoring report for December, given by Chief Financial Officer Jill Minnick. Minnick will also give  special briefing on the 2016/17 budget amendment. The budget amendment is a fairly routine item to have mid-year.

No first briefings are scheduled.

A Sinking Fund Millage Proposal, of which the trustees will be determining the level [somewhere between 1 and 3 mills], and the District Liability Insurance Renewal are up for second briefings. Minnick is recommending the district switch liability insurance providers, for a premium cost savings over last year of $138,616. The total cost of the insurance is a $628,884 premium with a $10,000 deductible and a $200,000 aggregate.

Voting will be on the resolution to submit the sinking fund millage proposal, the liability insurance renewal, and the 16/17 budget amendment.

Board action is to be taken on the annual approval of financial institutions.

The study session, which is an opportunity for the trustees to dig deeper on a single issue, will focus on school start times. The Board is considering the issue of changing school start times to allow for a later start to the high school day.


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