2017/18 AAPS Budget is Approved

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (June 21, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will vote themselves into executive session at 5:00 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege and for “strategy and negotiation sessions connected with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.” Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will begin with special recognition of Ken Fischer, the director of University Musical Society (UMS). Fischer will retire from UMS on June 30, 2017. Glenn Nelson, former AAPS trustee, will also be recognized.

The second public hearing on the 2017-18 budget will be held. This is a chance for the public to comment directly on the budget, distinct from the regular public commentary, which will also be held. No members of the public spoke at the first public hearing on June 14.

Three information items will be presented. The Culture and Climate Annual Report will be given. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will given an update on Fall 2017 Enrollment. There will also be an update on Summer Enrichment from Rec & Ed. [Ed. note: These items have been removed from the agenda and will be presented at a meeting in the future.]

The trustees will hear several first briefing items: the MHSSA Membership Renewal for the 2017/18 School Year; College and Career Planning – Naviance Platform; Sinking Fund Paving and Concrete Projects; Playgrounds; Sexual Health Education Advisory Committee (SHEAC) Annual Report and Recommendations; New Draft Policy 5010 – Non Discrimination; and New Draft Policy 5011 – Transgender and Gender Non Conforming Students.

Four items are up for second briefing: Tech Bond Computer Purchase; Summer Gym Floor Restorations; Allen Renovations Phase II – Structural Steel and Roofing: Thermal and Moisture Upgrades.

Those four items will be on the consent agenda, which the trustees will vote on.

In addition to voting on the consent agenda, board action will be taken on two issues. The trustees will vote to approve the 2016/17 Final Budget Amendment. they will also vote to approve the 2017/18 Budget.


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Budget Discussion Focus of AAPS Board Meeting

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (June 14, 2017): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) meeting will be split into several parts tonight.

The first part of the meeting begins when the trustees will vote themselves into executive session at 3:30 PM this afternoon, citing attorney/client privilege and for “strategy and negotiation sessions connected with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement and as requested by the district as a party to such collective bargaining agreement.” Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The second part of the meeting begins at 5:00 PM when the trustees will hear a second briefing on the recommendation to name the Huron High Little Theater in honor of Dr. Richard Ingram, Huron Music Department Chair/Choir Director. The recommendation is to name it The Richard E. Ingram Theater of the Performing Arts. After special comments from those who support the naming, the trustees will vote on the recommendation.

Immediately following the vote, the meeting will recess for a reception celebrating Ingram.

** The Ann Arbor Education Association (AAEA) will be holding a press conference at 6:30 PM this evening. AAEA President Linda Carter will give a statement. **

The regular meeting will reconvene at 7:00 PM with several items of special recognition.

The Board will resume honoring Ingram. Elijah Mills will show a video entitled, You Are Not Alone. There will be a presentation of Senator Rebekah Warren’s Envision Michigan Fund  Scholarship. The MHSAA Scholarship Award will  be given. The A2Y Chamber E3 Awards will be given.

Students from Pathways to Success will give a student leadership report. Representatives from each high school are invited to speak in front of the board once a school year.

Tonight is the first public hearing on the 2017/18 budget. The public hearing is a time where the public can speak on the proposed budget. This is separate from regular public commentary. There will be a second public hearing on the budget at the next regular meeting, June 21.

Three information items will be presented: the monthly budget monitoring report for the month of May, an employee compensation review, and the intervention specialists (IS) annual report.

The trustees will hear four first briefing items. They include: a Tech Bond Computer Purchase; Summer Gym Floor Restorations; and Allen Elementary Renovations – Phase II – Structural Steel and Roofing: Thermal and Moisture Upgrades.

The Annual Software Renewal, the Project Lead the Way (PTLW) Refill Purchase, the Proposed 2016/17 Budget Amendment, and the Proposed 2017/18 Budget are up as second briefing items.

Voting tonight will be on the annual software renewal and the PTLW refill purchase, as well as the early vote on the naming of the Huron Little Theater in honor of Dr. Ingram.

Board action will be taken on the 2017/18 Millage Resolution.


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