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 The two candidates who the trustees were deadlocked on, Deb Mexicotte and Steve Norton, have since withdrawn their candidacies.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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AAPS Board of Education Candidate Interviews: 12/9/16

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education candidate interviews (December 9, 2016): Courtyard Marriott, 3205 Boardwalk Dr.

8:59 AM Vice President Christine Stead explains the purpose of the meeting is to conduct interviews of the six candidates who expressed interest and submitted applications for the open AAPS Board of Education seat, recently vacated by Donna Lasinski. CTN will broadcast the interviews, beginning tonight.

Stead says they received a lot of great questions from community. Parliamentarian Simone Lightfoot and Secretary Andy Thomas were designated to take all suggestions and come up with a list of questions. Each trustee will ask one question; candidates will have five minutes to answer. The trustee who asked the question can ask follow-up questions during the five minutes.

At the conclusion of their interview, each candidate is given a topic prompt, which they will need to address at the next regular board meeting on December 14 [ Forsythe Middle School, 7:00 PM]. The candidates will each have three minutes to present. They may use PowerPoint to assist in their presentations. The prompt: “Tell us why we should pick you to fill this vacancy.”

Trustees present: Susan Baskett, Simone Lightfoot, Andy Thomas, Patricia Manley, Christine Stead. Trustees-elect Jeff Gaynor and Harmony Mitchell are both in the audience.

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