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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Present: President Christine Stead, Vice President Susan Baskett, Trustees Simone Lightfoot, Harmony Mitchell, Patricia Manley, and Jessica Kelly

Absent: Trustee Jeff Gaynor (Gaynor is traveling and should be here later this evening). 

7:04 PM President Christine Stead calls the meeting to order.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: You Are Not Alone video

Superintendent Jeanice Swift introduces Elijah Mills, Pioneer High sophomore. After the recent death of a fellow student, Mills felt compelled to create a video to let his fellow students know they were not alone.

The district took Mills’ idea and created a districtwide video as a reminder to all students that there are resources inside AAPS and in the Ann Arbor area for students that are feeling sadness, depression, or suicidal thoughts. Students from all five high schools are featured in the video. Swift says that, by design, they wanted the student launch to come in advance of the adult launch.

Stead and Swift present Mills a special recognition for his work.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Senator Rebekah Warren Envision Michigan Fund Scholarship Presentation

For the 11th year, Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) awards the Senator Rebekah Warren Envision Michigan Fund Scholarship. Warren thanks the “amazing group of educators” in the audience. She thanks them for what they do every day.

Community High School senior Joel Appel-Kraut is awarded $1,000 to be used for attending a university, college, technical or trade school. The scholarships are funded by the Rebekah Warren Envision Michigan Fund, which was established to better promote progressive policies, educational opportunities and active citizenship in Michigan.

Appel-Kraut says the essay he wrote was “completely inspired” by his ecology teacher. Every accomplishment, every award earned by an AAPS student is the direct result of the educators. He recognizes the teachers who put him in the position of being able to win this award.


Huron High Athletic Director Dottie Davis presents the award. Ann Arbor Huron junior Katie Sesi will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.  In addition to the $1,000 award, the Lake Trust Foundation is awarding an additional $500 to each honoree, to be donated to a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization of the awardee’s choice.


In May, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber awarded their E3 Awards for exemplary educational endeavors in area schools. They also awarded their first Washtenaw County Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by LaFontaine Automotive.

Recipients of the 2017 E3 Award: Huron PLTW, Rob Cupit, and Katie Marchionna. 

The recipient of the 2017 Commendable Teacher of the Year Award: Jeffrey Austin, Skyline High School .
The recipient of the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award: Quinn Strassel, Community High School.


Principal Tyrone Weeks introduces a sophomore, a junior, two recent graduates, and an alumni. The students answer some questions and share reflections on the school year.

They are asked some questions like: what are some of the benefits of co-taught classes? A student replies that she gets to learn two subjects in one hour. She says the teachers help them “create history” with the art they do.

How has experiential learning helped you connect to the content?

Not everything at school is something you learn out of a book. He likes being immersed in what he is learning. It gets him wanting to learn more about the subject.

An alumni gives her take on her experience at Pathways, and she shares what she is currently doing. Upon her graduation, she accepted a scholarship and is attending WCC. She entered the 3+1 program at Washtenaw, so she will complete two degrees in four years. Because of Pathways, she learned that “education is the future.”

Mitchell tells students to remember that courage they have. She thanks them for showing up tonight.

PUBLIC COMMENTARY – 13 signed up. Each person gets three minutes and 30 seconds. 

Dan Salamone, former district employee, district parent: here to support AAPS teachers. While teacher salaries have been getting a 1% increase yearly, superintendent has been getting a $70,000 raise. Great budget is running at a surplus. Should be a no brainer to reward teachers. Exceptional teachers here in AAPS. Support our teachers. Not ask teachers are taken care of financially but demand that they are. Full time teachers shouldn’t have to moonlight as pizza delivery drivers. If teachers are not taken care of in the current contract, I will never vote for another increase.

Karen Haddas, AAPS teacher: Recently advisory class was talking career paths. Teaching, a good career path? How could she. It was clear to me that in that minute, she had been diminished in that students’ eyes. “Our children are watching.” Our students see all of you retweeting success stories of students, congratulations. You teach them a powerful lesson through your actions.  I agree with Swift that we need to continue to be active citizens. I was disappointed to read your political narrative. Time to change the narrative regarding teacher value.

Ying Liu, district parent:  major concerns about the modular classrooms. Suggest to the school district to work on transparency and communication between district and parents. She has concerns about the safety of the modular classrooms. Most of the parents she talked to only got information on the modular classrooms only got information a month after the district had talked about it.

Jia Wang, district parent: he speaks on health concerns regarding the modular classrooms. As incoming third grade parents, he is strongly concerned about the VOCs that will be released from the modular classrooms. We need to keep our students safe. We don’t want our students to study in a toxic environment. It will become a “big, big legal issue” for the district if a student becomes sick after being in the modular classroom.

Sandy Aldrich, King parent: She speaks on behalf of the many parents who support and understand the need for the modular classrooms. She wants to let the board know that there are a large number of parents at King who don’t share the same views as the parents who have been speaking at recent board meetings.

Fred Klein, Dicken teacher, Vice President of AAEA: Represents the 1200+ professionals. Financial sacrifices teachers have been making over the past 10 years. Encourage us to act as professionals. Refrain from boos, cat calls or other negative refrains. Gives shout out to Swift, Baskett, and Lightfoot for helping at phone bank to call legislators in Lansing.

Susan Schmidt, former East Lansing BOE president, district teacher: since 1979, has been teacher. As you continue to deliberate, want them to think on: the relationship cultivated between teacher and student. Want teachers to be connected to students’ families. This only happens when teachers come to a district and stay in a district. You need to be real about what happens here in Michigan. Holding down second jobs is just too much. As a community that is in the business of education, it is important to show teachers. You will see teachers look for better paying jobs in other districts. Only need to look to charter schools. From a financial point of view, it doesn’t make sense for turnover. What a waste to invest in staff when salaries are not going to keep them in district.

Trevor Staples, district teacher, AAPS alum: Too much lip service is paid to teachers, not enough compensation. It’s “shameful, embarrassing” to have to be here each year. He hopes that next year, he can say that the board and the superintendent show that they care, that they just don’t say that they care.

Arifa Syeda, recent Skyline grad: At some point in her high school career, she decided she wanted to be a teacher. When she told her parents that she wanted to be a teacher, her parents were worried about her future. She should be pragmatic about choosing a career. By not paying our teachers fairly, we are sending a message to students that teachers are not valuable. There is something special about AAPS teachers that is not recognized by their paychecks. Our kids deserve great teachers, and our great teachers deserve support.

Anna Dang, recent Skyline grad, and Aush Thakur, Pioneer grad: Both students have been in AAPS for the past 13 years. Words can’t describe what teachers have done for them. As students, we are the summation of everything teachers have done for us. Teachers are the reason why they went to school every day. Our AAPS teachers care about us so much, and we need to care about them.

Monet Tiedemann, district parent, AnnArbivore: support increased teacher compensation. Want to know what the actual cost of increasing teacher pay would be.

Mia Henry-Fisher, student:  cost of living is going up. If other districts in the state can increase teacher pay, a wealthy district like Ann Arbor should be able to increase teacher pay.

Daniel Rubenstein, district teacher: When recent millages are brought up, local millages can’t be used to pay for teachers. Special education millage puts $9.4M in district coffers – surrounding districts used some of that money to better compensate. District says that last year 2% raise, no other district touts overall compensation. We are protected from rainy days. District has added over 1000 students over the past three years. If it isn’t in strong financial shape, its expansion should be questioned. Lansing is partially responsible. Teachers are still over 20% behind where they were 10 years. Behind neighboring districts. Please reflect the values of this community. Put our students first.

Linh Song, district parent, director of AAPS Education Foundation: became aware of pressures on students as several district students committed suicide. Would like to move the needle towards working towards wellness for students. Specific request (Ann Arbor Parents for Mental Health): partnership with UofM can train school counselors. Partnership can begin as early as this fall. Estimated to cost $150,000. Currently counselors are allocated to 350 students. We cannot ask more of our teachers for less. Need to reflect how we care for children. Would love to see involvement with Neutral Zone, Ozone House, and a plan for how to address student mental health.

Stead says they take public commentary to heart.


Ann Arbor Education Association – Office Professionals (AAEA-OP) President Lynne Copeland: Last administrative day, Swift sent out an email: “Front line in our schools. They ensure our offices and buildings operate efficiently.” I couldn’t agree more. Office professionals are like the WD-40 of the district. Right now, we’ve got the strongest best educated, most competent OPs in the area. Has heard from many members that they don’t feel the district doesn’t care about them. #A2gether is only a tagline, only branding. Feel that we are less of an equal partner, more of an after thought. When we do speak up, we are often responded to as adversaries, not members of the same team. Not pleasant soundbites to be trotted out, but they are the truth. We are who keep the wheels turning smoothly in good times and in bad. If OPs leave, administrators and schools and kids will suffer. Together we stand strong, divided we will fall short of what we can become.

Ann Arbor Education Association (AAEA) President Linda Carter: Took a survey of the AAEA membership. AAEA teachers are hurting. Have made sacrifices for the past 10 years. Locally, there is something that can be done immediately to improve teachers. 84% of teachers – savings have decreased. About 50% of teachers have taken on second jobs to provide for their families. If AAPS is going to be a destination district, a high standard should be set for treating teachers. What are our hopes for the school district when we return to the negotiating tables. Would like to negotiate in an atmosphere of collaboration with the BOE and the administration. Alert your team to come to the table prepared. In an era of teacher scapegoating, Ann Arbor has the opportunity to be a city on a hill. We do our best work when we are working together.

** At this point in the meeting, just about everyone in the auditorium leaves. There are now six members of the public present. **


No one is signed up for the public commentary on the budget. Stead encourages the public to look at the budget. There will be a second public hearing at the next regular meeting on June 21.


8:43 PM Stead shares info on the legislation on the MPSERS. Not a funded mechanism – will cost about $46B to close off the pension for teachers. The hybrid program is funded, they would like teachers to have the choice. Have not heard the funding source of the $46B cost – can imagine that it would come from the School Aid Fund.


Swift shares some of the highlights around the district. She recognizes all the district graduates. She gives a shout out to the Skyline graduates, who kept their cool when the power went out.

Recently, AAPS Special Olympians brought home 20 medals. The Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO), the largest elementary Science Olympiad event in the country, with 41 schools participating.

Swift thanks everyone who works at the schools for the work they do. She wishes everyone a safe and relaxing summer.

8:55 PM Stead notes Gaynor’s arrival, thanking him for making it, despite having been flying all day. Gaynor has spent the past several weeks in France. Stead also notes that Mitchell headed home, as she had been feeling bad all meeting long.

Manley recommends that the Intervention Specialists annual report be moved up earlier in the agenda.


Planning: Manley Met June 7. She talks about the agenda items that are coming up during first briefing.

Performance: Lightfoot presents. At the last meeting, they reviewed data on suspensions in the district. They are expecting a further report in the fall from the administration regarding intervention plans. Next meeting date: TBD

Governance: agenda item coming up on LGBTQ+ policy. They are looking to share what they have come up with at the next meeting.

INFORMATION ITEM: Intervention Specialists (IS) Program Annual Report

There are currently 10 intervention specialists who serve the schools. The specialists work with students, helping them build the skills they need to be successful in school.

Dr. Elaine Brown, Executive Director Student Intervention & Support Services, introduces the program. The specialists are introduced.

 The program criteria, program objectives, and intervention strategies are went over.

The team offers parental support, student support, teacher support, and school-wide and district support.

The program has increased from 80 students and 4 specialists to this year: 168 students, and 9 specialists. In 2012 school year before the IS program, there were 42 suspensions. This year, with a caseload of 168 students, 9 suspensions. Increase from 1.9 GPA to 2.26 GPA.

Of 168 total students: 54 had 3.0 GPA or higher. Only one student was referred to special education this year.

Program Challenges

  • Being able to use strategies and interventions to impact sub groups such as special education.
  • Building capacity within the district to support students and staff.

What’s to Come?

  • the completion of the IS program manual
  • Summer Student Achievement Camp
  • 3rd annual Families Care Conference
  • continue intensified individual support

A video highlighting the students and the program is shown.

Stead says this is an annual report they look forward to and that “makes them cry.”

Kelly says the video is a testament to them turning “boys into men, and girls into women.” She asks who catches the kids in K-8 buildings. Brown says when they look at suspension rates, they had to make dollar choices. When the program first started, they used IDEA funds to pay for it. Since then, the board has approved additional funds. They are looking to increase the number of specialists, finding a way to staff the elementary and middle school buildings.

Lightfoot thanks the specialists. She asks them what the board can do for them, what the program needs. She asks them to specify what is meant by the challenge they say they face regarding supporting sub-groups. Brown says they would like to be able to work with and implement the program to hit more students. Lightfoot asks what that would involve. Brown would a laser focus on all of those subgroup populations: special education; economically disadvantaged; African American.

Brown says they will not advocate for increasing specialists’ caseloads. There is a cap of 20 students, so they can capture the students who need the intensified support.

Gaynor thanks the specialists for the work they do every day. As a teacher, he saw specific, credible results of the program with his students. Some of the specialists share the growth they’ve seen in their students.

Manley focuses on the support the specialists provide to teachers, as well as the need for specialists at the elementary level. She suggests elementary principals should invite the specialists in to provide professional development to elementary teachers.

Baskett is “so proud” of the program. They are “obviously doing something magical.” As they interview candidates, what qualities does Brown look for? Brown says they look for how they connect with the interview team, the work they’ve done, and how they talk about that work.

Baskett says Brown is part of SISS, but she manages the IS program, who works with general education students. She asks how Brown balances the delicate relationships between the adults, given the overlap between “fiefdoms.” Brown says it needs to be a lot of collaboration. She doesn’t look at herself only as the special education executive director, but that she is on the team of all students. Baskett “loves what [Brown] said,” and she would love to have a conversation with Brown outside of the board meeting.

Baskett asks the two new specialists how they translate the skills in their past lives with the first year in AAPS as an intervention specialist. One of them was a professional basketball player; the other was a math teacher for 18 years prior to coming to the district.

Baskett asks for needs for the coming year. Brown says they have been able to budget out of special education funds given that their program is working to keep students out of special education. It is essentially preventative care. As far as funding goes, Brown says, they will make it work with what they have.

The elementary expansion of four positions are currently posted.

Stead says they do amazing work. The trustees are grateful for the work the specialists do, and the board is committed to the program for the long term.

Swift connects the dots between the reduction in suspensions and the IS program. The disparities, however, are still among African American populations, the economically disadvantaged, and special education populations. The district has taken the levels as low as they can through systems, but are now working student by student with the IS program. She thanks the specialists for their efforts.

10:05 PM Stead checks to see if trustees need a break. They do.  A vote is taken to extend the meeting an additional two hours. This is accordance with board policy of not meeting for longer than five hours without voting for extra time.

 10:25 PM Stead resumes the meeting.

INFORMATION ITEM: Monthly Budget Monitoring Report for May

Jill Minnick, Chief Financial Officer, presents the financial monitoring reports for May 2017. The first report is comparison of summary of all funds. The revenue amounts collected this year is higher by 7.9%. Expenditure side: amounts of expenditures exceed last year’s expenditures by 9.1%. Attributable to greater number of staffing and increased levels of staffing, as well as costs attributed to Allen flood event.

Report of Monthly expenditures

$19.9M – typical level of expenditures for this time of year.

Comparison of Cash and Investments Report

Overall, cash and investment holdings are about $2.7M less this year. This year, flat and tight budget. Cash inflows are tightly related to cash outflows.

Summary of All Funds Report – overall, total amount of revenues collected about 85%. Total amount of expenditures is about 85%. Minnick says the numbers are appropriate for this time of year.

Manley asks about the comparison of cash and investments report. She asks why the number doesn’t equal the overall number. Minnick clarifies that the other number is the fund balance, and the cash and investments doesn’t reflect all monies.

INFORMATION ITEM: Employee Compensation Review

Swift says that because they are people dense, the largest majority of district budget is human resources.

Minnick indicates the report is designed to take a broad look at employee compensation.

AAPS total salaries and benefits for all employees funded from General Fund over the past three years. In 15/16, there was an increase in salaries and benefit expenditures.

Superintendent salary was at a higher level in 12/13, and decreased in 2013. Has stayed level.

AAPS additional authorized increases in employee compensation. Increase in teacher compensation  – total dollar increase amounted $5.1M. Percentages indicated for compensation increase is percentage of prior year salaries, retirement and FICA costs.

General Fund Expenditures – total salaries and benefits in 2015-16. Total salaries and benefits = $174,362,724 (82.5%) of General Fund expenditures.

Total health related insurance costs: In 2016, it is at $20.2M, and increase of about $500,000 from the year before.

AAPS foundation allowance trend: over the past seven years, there has been only a slight trend up.

Minnick draws the trustees attention to FY12, in which districts took at hit of $470 in per pupil foundation allowance money. She says that districts that are funded at the state maximum have not recouped the loss of $470, only recouping about $210.

Minnick also explains the elimination of 20j funding. 20j was for hold harmless districts, of which Ann Arbor was.

Stead notes that this hit to the foundation allowance that was experienced by AAPS was to the general fund.

Gaynor says it’s not as if they are losing money, but it’s that they aren’t getting the money they were earlier. Stead says that part of the promise of Proposal A was that they would hold harmless districts like Ann Arbor, but they then cut it. The net impact of that cut that has been sustained since 2009-10 is a loss of $31M. Gaynor says this is money that the district was used to getting but is not anymore.

The other promise of Proposal A was the equalization of funding across the state, which hasn’t happened, either, notes Gaynor.

Minnick says that they lost $233 in funding from 20j and $470 in FY12. She notes that the context of the presentation is to show that despite a significant decrease in funding, AAPS has attended to “its most significant resource, its teachers.”

Swift tries to clarify that she heard Gaynor speaking to the recovery of the district. She says that the district has not recovered from the loss of $703 per student funding, having only recouped $210 of that loss.

Stead says AAPS can’t be compared to other local districts since they are getting more dollars per pupil than they used to, when AAPS is getting less money per pupil than the district used to receive.

The report will be made public on the website.

Stead notes how AAPS compares to other districts in the county. In Ann Arbor, they have continued to invest in staff, she says. She highlights the increases in employee compensation between 2014/15 and 2016/17. She notes that each bargaining unit works to get what makes most sense for their people.

Stead says they are held accountable for keeping AAPS a financially viable entity. The trustees have to anticipate other needs, she says.

Lightfoot says they will authorize a certain percentage. How those collective bargaining units dispense those percentages to their teams is up to the units. She wants to be clear about the authorization the board has given.

Kelly thanks Lightfoot for the explanation of the authorization. If you listen to the various narratives, she says, the board has authorized increases, but then is hearing no raises in eight years. The visual she wishes she has is an overlay of the trends from state funding, district funding, and local monies from the special education millage and increased enrollment.

Gaynor says he is cautious in his comments, given that he has been out of the country for the past three weeks. Each group “cherry picks” the information they present. The fund balance is up from the desperate levels it was at in years past. It seems to him, he says, the fund balance being between 9 and 10% gives the district “some cushion” to look at what a decent compensation is.

Stead notes that if they look at a 10 year trend, they have yet to be at 2007 levels for the foundation allowance. They are very dependent on the state with what they get. The community has been wonderful in trying to help the district in creative ways, she says. The fund equity can go “in a heartbeat.” If they were to lose $5M next year, through changes to MSPERS, loss of Medicaid funding at the federal level. If they lose the ability to rely on the fund equity, “it will be the students who get hit the most.”

Gaynor asks how it is students who get hit the most. Stead gives Allen Elementary as an example. Because the district had some fund equity available, they were able to bus all Allen students to an additional location.

Lightfoot looks at fund balance as a savings account, not as a way of paying regular expenses. If there’s not an identified source of income to maintain salaries, then it is not sustainable. The fund balance is not a source of funding she wants to go to each year to pull from. AAPS gets more foundational allowance, but that also means they have the most students and the most buildings, she says.

Kelly clarifies that the fund balance recovered because of the sale of the Roberto Clemente building and the sale of the AADL shares. These are not recurring sources of income.

Manley says she hopes people will look for more information regarding this. She hopes that the discussion they are having as trustees, giving their understanding of what it is, she doesn’t want them to take this discussion as the trustees not thinking about teacher compensation. They are giving this information so there is a clearer picture of what the trustees are dealing with. Manley wants teachers to know that they are appreciated and they want to do what they can. Manley doesn’t want teachers and the public to think the discussion that is happening right now as the decision. They are still in negotiations and are still coming up with the proposal.

Stead speaks to the negotiation process, particularly with the AAEA negotiations. They are looking at different proposals and ideas, which are conducted in confidence. No singular trustee is going to tell any member of the public where things are, because it would violate the spirit of the negotiations. Stead says they have tried to be consistent across all bargaining units. They are confident in the negotiating teams that they will reach an agreement in the best interests of both parties. They are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of that process. They need to have a budget passed by June 30.

FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Tech Bond Computer Purchase

 This proposal is for the next phase of refreshing laptops. Merri Lynn Colligan, Executive Director Technology & Information Services,
presents the technology refresh cycle. The Tech Bond was designed with a three year refresh cycle.
The district is now in series II of the refresh cycle. This is a recommendation for the principal and administrator laptops to be refreshed. The recommendation is for MacBook Pros to be replaced with 60 MacBook Airs for a total of $75,320. The current machines are not under warranty, so every repair is now at the cost of the district.
Kelly confirms that the money used to pay for the laptop refresh is bond money and cannot be used for teacher salaries.
FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Summer Gym Floor Restorations
Jennifer Hein, Executive Director Physical Properties, presents.

Every summer, gym floors are restored. There will be a batch that will receive an annual treatment, and there will be a batch that gets a deeper treatment. Tappan Middle School is scheduled for full gym floor replacement.

Swift confirms that the particular vendor they are recommending does not pay prevailing wage, but pays on square foot basis for a total of $232,000
  • Tappan Middle School – full floor replacement
  • Clague, Scarlett, Slauson Middle Schools – refinishing and wood replacement as needed
  • Pioneer, Huron, Skyline High Schools – polishing

FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Allen Renovations-Phase II – Structural Steel

Because the board approved the addition of A/C to Allen Elementary, in order to get the unit to sit on the building, it needs to be reinforced with structural steel. The other bid is for the thermal and moisture guards that need to be put down around the A/C unit.

The recommended award is for Goyette Mechanical at $248,000 for the structural steel.

Lightfoot asks if the price falls within range of the Allen budget, which Swift confirms.

Hein says the district is receiving fewer bids on the RFPs they send out. She attributes it to the improving economy.

FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Allen Renovations-Phase II – Thermal Moisture Barrier Recommendation

The barrier comes in layers. The recommendation is to go with JE Dixon at a cost of $195,000.

SECOND BRIEFING ITEMS: No changes to any items

  • Annual Software Renewal
  • PLTW Refill Purchase
  • Proposed 2016/17 Budget Amendment
  • Proposed 2017/18 Budget

No discussion was had on the items. Stead notes that the proposed budget and the budget amendment will not be included in the consent agenda.


  • Annual Software Renewal
  • PLTW Refill Purchase

The consent agenda is passed unanimously.

BOARD ACTION ITEM: 2017/18 Millage Resolution

Minnick brings forward the 2017-18 property tax levy. The levy is authorized an in accordance with statute. The tax millages for the 2017 level includes the hold harmless levy, operating levy, debt service levy, sinking fund levy.

The millage is required to be approved by the BOE in order to be levied to the AAPS constituents.

Manley asks why they have to approve this resolution. Swift clarifies that the city and townships are sending out the tax bills, and the BOE needs to pass a resolution in order for those  levy the taxes.

The board action passes unanimously.


There are none.


Kelly mentions high school graduations. She also congratulates Mary Jo Callan and Steve Olsen for their election to the Washtenaw Intermediate School District board.

Gaynor says the Board has heard from many community members while he was traveling. Since it is his responsibility to respond, as Board Secretary, he will reply back within the next week.

11:46PM Stead adjourns all meetings of the AAPS Board of Education.

2 thoughts on “Budget Discussion Focus of AAPS Board Meeting”

  1. Monet, good question during public commentary. With all the data being tossed around; understanding the dollar amount of any given raise, system wise, is the key. Of course, the impact on future years needs to be accounted for.

    In the “Employee Compensation Review” document the 2.3% district compensation increase in 2016/17 (salary plus retirement plus FICA costs*) came to $3.6 million. In 2015/16, the 1% increase totaled $1.44 Million.

    *Just one example of the different perspectives — the district includes FICA and retirement costs in their calculations, but employees don’t as it doesn’t show up as current pay or benefits.

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