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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Present: President Christine Stead; Vice President Susan Baskett; Trustees Patricia Manley, Jeff Gaynor, Harmony Mitchell, Simone Lightfoot, Jessica Kelly; Superintendent Jeanice Swift
7:04 PM President Christine Stead calls the meeting to order.
Stead notes a cell tower approval needs to be added under Board Action. There is no other discussion.
The agenda is unanimously approved.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: University Musical Society (UMS) President Ken Fischer
Ken Fischer, UMS president, is acknowledged for the “incredible legacy” he is leaving the district. Fischer is retiring on June 30, 2017. UMS has worked in partnership with AAPS for nearly the past 30 years. The partnership provides special professional development for district teachers, student performances. He is thanked and given a piece of art created by a Skyline student.
Swift speaks to Fischer’s leadership, noting how many students he has impacted over the years. She says it is their goal to channel Fischer’s legacy and his desire to have art for all students. Swift says, “We are a better district because of Ken Fischer.”
Manley is so appreciative that Fischer made it possible for students to attend performances on the University of Michigan campus. Gaynor reminisces about trips he has taken with students to UMS performances and thanks Fischer for the availability. Kelly thanks him as a parent in the district. Stead says that Fischer has set a high bar. She hopes his legacy continues.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Glenn Nelson, former AAPS trustee
Glenn Nelson is a former AAPS Board of Education trustee. He is recognized for his “selfless dedication to others” and for the work he has done to help rally support for AAPS millages. Swift refers to Nelson as “trustee emerita” and calls him a “local patriot.” Nelson was the unofficial president of the Citizen’s Millage Committee, who worked to get the recent sinking fund millage passed. He worked to make sure voters and citizens have the information they need to make an educated vote.
Nelson thanks the board for the recognition, noting that it coming from peers means a lot. He says there are a lot of other people who deserve this recognition. He calls out Stead, Swift, and “the voters of Ann Arbor.” He can’t think of anything more important the education of young people.
Lightfoot says that it is “an honor and a privilege” to be able to serve with Nelson not only on the board, but beyond. Baskett says Nelson was one of her earliest supporters. Manley thanks Nelson for his open and honest conversations. Gaynor notes his integrity and his humility. Kelly thanks Nelson for all that he has done to pave the way for the work the board is currently doing. Stead says that “everyone is worth Glenn’s time for Glenn.” He is willing to invest time and energy for everyone.
PUBLIC COMMENTARY: NONE
Arab-American Parent Support Group (AAPSG): The parent representative says it is a big deal to see democracy at work. The group meets once a month during the school year. The mission is to support the success of all student in AAPS, with specific attention given to students of Arab American heritage. Next year’s focus will be on creating a celebration of Arab American National Heritage Month in the month of April. She says the arts is where the common humanity can be found. They are hoping to collaborate with AAPS staff and administration.
SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON 17/18 BUDGET
No one speaks at the public hearing.
By law, there needs to be one public hearing of the budget before passing it. The board chose to schedule two public hearings for the budget. Stead notes that even though no one speaks at the public hearings, the trustees are hearing from members of the public via email and other forms of communication.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: None
Swift speaks about the end of the school year, which ended on June 16. She wishes all the students a safe and happy summer.
Swift talks about some of the highlights from around the district, from the end of the year celebrations to the A2 Tech Trek to summer Rec and Ed camps and programs to summer learning opportunities. She speaks about the budget bills that are about to land on Governor Snyder’s desk. She is hopeful that some at risk funding has remained in the budget, as well as a $25/high school student increase in foundation allowances. Swift says they are pleased that they are close to the end of the budgeting process, as the State finished up their budgeting process.
Stead thanks Swift for her end-of-the-year coverage. She mentions the race she had with Clague Principal Che Carter in celebration of the completion of the Clague Middle School Cougar Path.
Planning: Manley notes that Planning met this past Monday. Most of the items they discussed are first briefing items at tonight’s meeting. The committee talked over the Naviance College & Career Planning Platform, some of the work that will be done over the summer, the SHEAC curriculum. Manley says the Naviance College & Career Planning Platform will allow counselors to better help students in their college and career planning.
Performance: Lightfoot says they haven’t met since the last regular meeting of the board.
Governance: Stead says they haven’t met since the last regular meeting, but the committee is bringing forward two policies to the board: a non-discrimination policy and a new policy on transgender and gender non-conforming students.
FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: College & Career Planning – Naviance Platform
Swift is bringing forward a proposal to enter into a five year agreement to lease Naviance, a platform for College & Career Planning. It will replace the currently used platform Career Cruiser.
Because eight other districts in the county will also be using the platform, the costs will be less than if the district were purchasing the platform on its own.
Challenges: the cost of the enhancements is a more significant investment than the previous tool used. She says there will be some slight overlap between Career Cruiser and Naviance for a year or two as the current juniors and seniors will continue with Career Cruiser.
Costs: $61,000/year over the five years of the adoption. Swift breaks it down to a $3.50 cost per student. While it does represent an additional expenditure, Swift is confident that it will provide an enhanced and improved experience for students.
Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelley, Assistant Superintendent Instruction & Student Support Services, says she believes Naviance will pull together a variety of resources for counselors, students, and parents. It connects academic achievement to postsecondary goals.
Naviance will allow students to search for scholarships and grants. It supports the FAFSA process for filing for financial aid, so families will be able fill out the FAFSA forms directly through the Naviance site.
Naviance will also allow the district to collect longitudinal data on the students. Dickinson-Kelley says the strength of Naviance is that it is helpful for first generation college bound students, as well as students who are looking for certifications. It also supports special education students.
Based on questions from the Planning Committee, a FAQ form has been created.
Paul DeAngelis, Executive Director High School Education, answers the question of what is the difference between this platform and what the district is currently using. Naviance has college search and planning, it’s a portal through which students can apply to colleges and apply for financial aid and scholarships.
DeAngelis clarifies that Naviance doesn’t replace counselors, but gives them “the best tool” in supporting students and families.
Lightfoot asks what the district currently offers to help students choose a career. She clarifies that Naviance is much more sophisticated than Career Cruiser. Colleen Creal, Pioneer High counselor, says that Naviance will be one portal that will let students see the “dashboard of information,” to make sure they’ve checked off all the boxes.
Naviance will also guide students towards different career and college paths. Lightfoot asks where students are drawn to: Computer sciences, health sciences, and business programs. Education is not one of them, says Creal.
Mitchell asks about the cost, the security and the current juniors and seniors. She asks if the current juniors and seniors will be using the program. Dickinson-Kelley says the current students are “pretty invested” in Career Cruising, as they have their education plans in there. They will be able to benefit from both programs. Swift says that with the new adoption, they will phase out the old in a measured way. She doesn’t anticipate the need for Career Cruising after next year.
Mitchell asks whose servers will this private information be housed on. Dickinson-Kelley says they have contacted Naviance, and the
Mitchell asks about the “prepaid non-refundable travel” cost of $5000 in the contract. DeAngelis says those costs are for the trainers from Naviance. He says it’s fairly typical for the district to cover the travel costs of training. All of the training will be Ann Arbor specific. The district won’t be sharing any of the training with the other districts because of the
Gaynor is concerned about the “over-corporatization” of education. Creal says they are trying to get students to go through trial and error in high school since there is a cost associated to exploration in college, so they want to get students thinking about it before they get there.
Kelly notes that if they recalculate the cost of the students who would actually use the system is about $7.50 per student, instead of the $3.50 Swift noted earlier. Kelly says that when she first saw the numbers, she was conflicted. Where were they going to find the money if they weren’t able to find the money to implement the K-3 reading program as well as they wanted. She thanks them for showing them how much it will help students.
Kelly asks if the software will help special education students document the services they have received, in order to prove that for accommodations in college. Dickinson-Kelley says the district has pressed hard on this, and Naviance has promised some work on this.
Baskett says she has a lot of questions. She wants to see what the portal actually looks like. Her questions: from 7th-12th grade, they are expecting every student to participate in this. There will be an implementation plan with the intention to work “much more deliberately” with counselors. Naviance has a K-12 capacity. The AAPS practice for starting the EDP is in 7th grade. They will develop an implementation plan with counselors. Current thinking – they will need a point person on this.
Swift clarifies that this time is already built into 7th-12th grade students’ time, but now the tool will be Naviance instead of Career Cruising. Creal notes that students don’t return to Career Cruising on their own at the same rate as they do with Naviance.
Baskett also asks who is going to monitor the program. Dickinson-Kelley and DeAngelis says they are working on that. Swift notes that on the school level, it will be the counselors.
Baskett asks how Naviance will help counselors. Creal says that remains to be seen. Baskett is worried that counselors are overwhelmed already. Creal’s hope is that the program will allow students to take more initiative on their own, since it is more sophisticated than the current program.
Baskett asks when it would be implemented. If the trustees approve the purchase next week, they would begin in July with training, and the program being rolled out to 7th-12th grade students in the fall.
Baskett asks about fee waivers. Students who qualify for fee waivers will still need to work with counselors.
Are there any learnings from other school districts, asks Baskett. DeAngelis says he hears, “(And this is an honest answer), if you aren’t with Naviance already, you need to get with Naviance.” He says it is the counselors who sell this work.
Mitchellasks about a page in the slideshow that states Naviance provides electronic document and transcript delivery services for “more than 2,000” colleges. She wonders about all the colleges that aren’t include in that number. It is explained that that number is for the schools that accept electronic documents. Naviance still will be portal for information for all schools.
Swift says she and Dickinson-Kelley have the responsibility to make sure there is
Stead asks what parts of the tool won’t be available to seniors next year. All parts should. Stead wonders what kind of access parents will have and how to help the partnership between what the school has and what parents and guardians have. DeAngelis says that students will be able to access information on a scatter plot that will show students how likely they will be accepted into different schools, how likely they will be successful at various schools.
Dickinson-Kelley envisions hosting a number of parent workshops in the fall in order to inform families. Creal says it will be a good time to have the tough conversation with students to talk about realistic expectations regarding colleges.
Stead asks if there are other players in this college and career planning game. Swift says Naviance is the game. She says this is a game changer for first generation college students. Dickinson-Kelley notes that she believes Naviance will be “very responsive” to AAPS.
FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Concrete Site Improvements
Swift says they have been looking for early wins to show off the sinking fund millage, the kinds of early wins that wouldn’t require significant planning. While improvements to concrete aren’t something people would ask for, it will be improvements people will notice in the fall. They will be making improvements to sidewalks, curbs, and gutters at all 32 district buildings.
Jen Hein, Executive Director Physical Properties, is recommending that the bid go to Best Asphalt for the amount of $3,873,208, which includes base bid through alternate #7. Best value of comprehensive work for all 32 schools. Work is expected to be completed, cleaned up, and put away by August 31.
A slideshow is shown of work that is needed. The slideshow begins with Westerman Preschool. Hein notes that Westerman needs significant work, and she says it is one of their “top four” buildings.
Baskett asks why Westerman needs significant work since it is a newer building. Was it an issue of the quality of work that was done? Hein says it is because of concrete expanding and contracting and issues of salt spreading. Kelly asks how they can prevent this in concrete work going forward. Hein says the district is working with a consultant who does civil engineering in order to make sure the district makes the right bid.
Lightfoot asks the timeframe they should expect in terms of durability. Hein says they should expect 12 -15 years. Lightfoot wants to make sure caterers, trucks know where they should park.
Hein says this bid is the first of a three year program to make sure all curbs, sidewalks and gutters are safe, secure, and ADA compliant.
Swift says the focus this year is curbs, sidewalks, and gutters. Parking lots are to follow in subsequent years. Bidders were required to provide a base bid for top four schools (Wines, Westerman, Forsythe, and Abbot).
Baskett asks how they will prioritize the work that needs to be done. Hein says they set tiers for each building. They are most concerned with safety and ADA compliancy. Swift says they tried to look at the district from every angle – the consulting firm flew drones over the district to get a look at the needs.
Funding will be from the sinking fund millage.
FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Playgrounds
Swift thanks the community for the passage of the 2015 bond that increased money without increasing taxes.
Swift marks this evening as a halfway point of playgrounds. Last year, four playgrounds were completed. Recently approved playgrounds at Abbot and Wines. Playgrounds at Dicken, Haisley, Lawton, King, Pattengill. Will be tipping the halfway point at providing restored and replenished playgrounds at elementary and K-8 schools.
Dawn Linden, Executive Director Elementary Education, says that some of the common features of the playgrounds is the surfacing material called Pour in Place Rubber Surfacing.
Total cost: $ This is cooperative bid pricing, notes Linden.
Installation is already scheduled for most of the schools. Installation will be through the summer and into the fall.
Baskett says some of the design is “freaky to her as a parent.” She says the personalities of the schools are coming out in their playgrounds.
FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: MHSAA Annual Renewal for 2017-18
Every spring, the district renews its membership to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). The MHSAA assists in developing competitive standards; establishing a common set of rules, and provide orderly administration of an interscholastic athletic program which promotes academic integrity and competitive equity. Membership obligates the District to follow standardized rules, and is a requirement for participation in MHSAA post-season tournaments. No fees are charged for membership. Failure to adopt the MHSAA would preclude AAPS in participating in post-season tournaments.
Lightfoot asks about some of the recourses they have as a district against other schools who engage in racial slurs, etc. DeAngelis says there is nothing in the MHSAA that precludes the district from saying they won’t play against a particular school. DeAngelis says MHSAA has “very little tolerance” for the schools who are frequently reported. Are there sanctions, asks Lightfoot. DeAngelis says MHSAA takes the reports “very seriously.” Reports can go to athletic directors, and they can go directly to the MHSAA.
Manley asks if middle schools are not part of MHSAA. DeAngelis says many districts choose not to enroll their middle schools in MHSAA. There’s not an advantage or a disadvantage to participating since competition is all within AAPS at the middle school level.
DeAngelis notes that students from all five high schools can participate. Any student who is enrolled at Community High School or Pathways to Success are eligible to participate at their “home schools.”
9:53 PM SHEAC is bringing forward a set of 28 additional lessons. The lessons pertain to a healthy lifestyle, gender identity, sexual orientation, and social media. These are additions to the middle school education.
The SHEAC members who are present at the meeting are introduced. Dickinson-Kelley covers the goals of the committee. They work to review curriculum, establish educational goals and objectives, evaluate attainment of these goals and objectives every two years.
Parents have the opportunity to opt their students out of any part of the lessons they choose. Hard copies of the lessons, as well as digital copies, will be made available to families to review.
Jenni Lane, SHEAC member, says they were tasked with finding lessons for middle schoolers addressing gender identity and sexual orientation.
Advocates for Youth – evidence based curriculum. SHEAC had high hopes they would adopt the entire curriculum, but they decided the entire curriculum wasn’t a good fit. They chose 28 lessons from the curriculum. The 28 lessons are “supplemental.” The curriculum is free and online. It doesn’t require additional training in order to be implemented.
Mitchell asks if these lessons are in addition to what the district is already doing. Lane says they use an “abstinence plus” model in teaching sex ed. Mitchell asks how parents will be notified. Dickinson-Kelley says they remind building staff to notify parents. This is usually done through written notification.
Manley asks SHEAC how they decided on the 28 lessons. A variety of things went into the decision. These lessons are being taught by the district’s health teachers.
Stead asks what the process is for opting out. Dickinson-Kelley says they share the process and then they ask teachers to update parents as they teach. Parents will need to either approach the teacher or the building principal to ask to opt out. Gaynor says that in all of his years teaching middle school, he found the process transparent.
Gaynor thanks the committee for their work over the years. The work is developmentally appropriate. He appreciates they are staying up to date with matters that are important to students.
Kelly acknowledges how thoughtful the makeup of the committee is. She says SHEAC is made up of members of the community. This is material students will use throughout their lives.
Baskett asks for the names and titles of the members of SHEAC to be added to the report. Lane says there is a nice balance of professionals, clergy, parents in the district, students.
Baskett asks if the district tracks how many parents opt out their students. Anecdotally, there are one or two high school students per semesters who are opted out of lessons. Baskett hopes that the parents who opt their children out of the program or out of lessons provide their students with some kind of an education.
The board welcomes feedback anyone may have. Dickinson-Kelley says the committee is reviewing material for students in self-contained classrooms.
Kelly asks how a community member could apply to SHEAC. Lane directs the public to the committee’s website.
Stead says the board has heard some concern from parents at the middle school given this is the first time issues of gender identity are being introduced at the middle school level. She suggests that they do their very best to give parents ideas of actual dates of lessons so there is time for families to review material and that they know the policy in order to opt out. It is important the district has a “no surprises” policy, says Stead.
Gaynor says they are almost feeling they are giving too much attention to this issue. He says this should not be controversy.
Lane says they appreciated that a number of lessons in the curriculum included homework in which students need to talk to their parents.
FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Draft Policy 5010 – Non-Discrimination
Swift says they hold the value that AAPS be a safe, welcoming place for all students, including transgender and gender non-conforming students. These policies outline the “very best practices” in order to keep students safe and respected at schools, regardless of their gender identity.
Swift notes the months of work that went into crafting these policies. They looked at districts like Philadelphia schools, which is known as the gold standard. Swift interviewed superintendents of districts where they have done this right. Trustees have met with legal counsel and attended information sessions. Not only do these policies touch on values held by the district, but the district is legally obligated to not discriminate against students.
Baskett asks about the inclusion of “veteran status.” David Comsa, Deputy Superintendent Human Resources/General Counsel, says that is part of the language they have used in the past in their non-discrimination policy. Baskett asks if the inclusion of “veteran” is appropriate in a policy regarding students. Stead says they either leave it in and try to imagine a situation where it might apply to one of their students or they can delete it if they believe it would not apply to any student in AAPS. She asks if they should leave it in, given it could possibly apply to a student.
Lightfoot wonders if it is just boilerplate language for any kind of non-discrimination policy. Gaynor asks if Rec & Ed classes will be included in the policy, to which Swift nods. Stead asks if they want to err on the side of inclusiveness or do they want to get rid of that particular item – veteran status – because they couldn’t imagine a situation where this would apply to a student. Kelly says “can you imagine the optics if liberal Ann Arbor cut out veteran status in their non-discrimination policy?”
Baskett appreciates the inclusiveness, but she wants it to be not just a cut and paste inclusiveness. She notes that the policy specifies that the “appropriate K-12 Executive Director.” She wants to be clear to the community that it is a deliberate inclusion, not just a goof. Swift says that if “K-12” is removed, it would allow the appropriate executive director to be designated.
The trustees decide to leave veteran status in the policy. Comsa suggests “the Office of Human Resource” is added as an appropriate designee, in addition to the K-12 Executive Directors. The trustees talk through the wording of this. They try to figure out who the appropriate designees of this should be. Is it the Superintendent? Is it the K-12 Executive Directors? Comsa suggests adding “or General Counsel or his/her designee in the Office of Human Resources.” The trustees end up with “the superintendent or his/her designee.” Manley doesn’t like the wording, but she doesn’t have a suggestion to improve it.
Swift notes that Goverance committee talked about adding “immigrant status,” but they felt that “national origin” was potentially inclusive enough. Lightfoot says she believes immigration status is different than national origin. Baskett says they should add it.
FIRST BRIEFING ITEM: Draft Policy 5011 – Transgender and Gender NonConforming Students
Stead says they borrowed language from the Philadelphia Schools policy, but they restructured the order to be more consistent with other AAPS district policies.
The policy covers a lot of ground: dress code; student transitions; names, pronouns, and school records; training and professional development.
Baskett asks issues of consistency in regards to names, pronouns, and school records. She asks about the “ze” pronoun. She asks what the latest MHSAA guidelines are regarding participation in sports. DeAngelis says that MHSAA will allow transgender students to participate in sports, but not in post-season competitions.
She asks about dress code. Swift says they are working to remove gender language from written dress code. She says they are not gender specific in any way.
Baskett encourages community members to share their feedback. She says this is important they get the policy right.
Ricky Bicknell, Planned Parenthood, says that this is nuanced work the board is taking on. He suggests making sure to eliminate all gendered pronouns or language. Stead notes that they wanted to be inclusive in their language, but they don’t want to include all words in the list of definitions, given the quickly changing terrain. The policy covers the topic without including all the words that go along with it.
Baskett says that if they are going to reference “ze,” they should include “zer.” They should be consistent in adding a pronoun that is included in the actual policy.
11:14 Stead cuts Baskett off and says they will need to vote to extend the meeting, given they still need to cover all second briefing items and several board action items.
The motion passes to extend the meeting for one hour, with Gaynor voting no.
Baskett wants more definitions to be included. Stead wonders what the tipping point is. Kelly suggests striking out “ze” and including “or other preferred pronoun.” Bicknell says “preferred” tends to not be the preferred word, but instead suggests “chosen.”
11:24 PM Trustees take a 10 minute recess.
11:33 PM Meeting is called back to order.
SECOND BRIEFING ITEMS
- Tech Bond Computer Purchase
- Summer Gym Floor Restorations
- Allen Renovations-Phase II – Structural Steel
- Allen Renovations-Phase II – Roofing: Thermal & Moisture Upgrades
There are no changes to the second briefing items. There is no discussion regarding any of the items.
- Tech Bond Computer Purchase
- Summer Gym Floor Restorations
- Allen Renovations-Phase II – Structural Steel
- Allen Renovations-Phase II – Roofing: Thermal & Moisture Upgrades
There is no discussion regarding the consent agenda.
The consent agenda passes unanimously.
BOARD ACTION: Approval of the 2016/17 Final Budget Amendment
There is no discussion regarding the 16/17 final budget amendment.
The 2016/17 final budget amendment is unanimously approved.
BOARD ACTION: Approval of the 2017/18 Budget
No changes to the budget since they last reviewed it.
Gaynor asks about current contract negotiations. Swift says those negotiations would go into a budget amendment, either in the fall or the winter. This is typical.
The 2017/18 Budget is unanimously approved.
BOARD ACTION: Ratification of Employee Group Tentative Agreements
Swift extends deep gratification to the groups who have voted on their agreements: ASCSA and AFSCME-TSP.
Administration’s recommendation to ratify the agreements. Gaynor asks when the contracts will be made public. Comsa says they will make it public online once it is voted on. Swift says they will issue a press release, as well.
Kelly asks if they foresee any amendments to the budget based on the contracts they are voting to approve tonight.
Gaynor says there are tentative agreements with two other bargaining units that are waiting for a vote from their members. Three more negotiations are continuing, including AAEA.
The contracts are unanimously ratified.
BOARD ITEM: Administrative Contract Approval
Recommendation to extend a contract to Marios Demetriou for Assistant Superintendent, Chief Operations Officer. Swift says this is not a new position, but it has been vacant for the past 21 months.
The position would focus on several areas: the implementation of the 2017 Sinking Fund; successfully supporting community in passing 2017 renewal of Special Education millage; ensures district moves to sustainable and sound financial footing.
Baskett clarifies that Demetriou would begin July 1 at a starting salary of $144,000 – consistent with Assistant and Deputy Superintendent positions. Kelly has concerns about using the sinking fund money appropriately. She is convinced of Demetriou’s qualifications as a steward of the sinking fund.
Several of the trustees who worked with Demetriou in the past speak highly of him. He comes back to the district after working in Detroit Public Schools as Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations.
The contract is unanimously approved.
BOARD ACTION: Approval of Cell Tower Lease Agreement
The cell tower lease is for existing cell tower locations at Skyline High School, Huron High School, and the Bus Depot. The leases expire in November 2017, so the district renegotiated the leases. For consideration of entering into lease amendments, the district will receive and increase of 15% in rent in the first year of the lease, and then recurring rent increases of 3% each year thereafter. The district will also receive a one-time payment of $950,000 for entering into all three lease amendments.
Gaynor thanks the district’s attorneys for negotiating on behalf of the district. Stead praises the level of due diligence the attorneys, noting they spoke to experts in the hospital.
The cell phone tower contract agreement is unanimously approved.
ITEMS FOR AGENDA PLANNING
Baskett asks for an update on the Chinese Global Partnership. Stead says they will figure out where that can be fit in.
ITEMS FROM THE BOARD
Gaynor says he can’t wait for next week, so they can do this again.
Stead says the county is still working to get a certain level of consensus on a county-wide effort to improving early childhood literacy. Gaynor, Kelly, Baskett, and Stead attended a meeting last night. Stead says AAPS had good representation.
The last meeting of the year will be next Wednesday, Stead hopes.
12:08PM The meeting is adjourned.