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Board Unclear About Huron IB; Considers Expanding Mitchell Campus

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education study session (January 20, 2016): W. Scott Westerman Preschool and Family Center

Tonight’s study session focuses on 2016-17 program enhancements.

Study sessions allow the trustees to explore a topic more in depth than is usually allowed for at a regular meeting. There will be no voting at tonight’s meeting.

5:49 PM The meeting has yet to be called to order. Technical difficulties have been cited.

5:50 PM President Deb Mexicotte calls the meeting to order. All trustees are present.

PUBLIC COMMENTARY: NONE

INFORMATION ITEM: 2016-17 Program Enhancements

5:51 PM To the “average parent or teacher,” Swift says, this planning work may seem a bit early. Five areas they will be discussing:

  • Early Childhood (including preschool and Young 5s)
  • STEAM, Project Lead the Way
  • World Language Enhancements
  • Focus on Middle School Enhancements
  • International Baccalaureate

Will end with some proposed changes to Mitchell Elem campus due to experienced demand.

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AAPS Board Positions Unchanged for 2016

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting (January 13, 2016): Ann Arbor District Library, 4th Floor – 343 S. Fifth Avenue
The first board meeting in January is dedicated to organizing the trustees for the remainder of the year. While I was unable to attend this year’s organizational meeting, I am able to report out the end results.

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AAPS Adds 300+ Students; BOE Approves Offering 750 Schools of Choice Slots for 16/17

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 16, 2015): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The board is holding an executive session at 5:30 PM, citing attorney/client privilege.

During the regular meeting, beginning at 7:00 PM, special recognition will be given to Sherri Hane, the 2015 Elementary Science Teacher of the Year and to Marci Tuzinsky, recognized as the 2015 Distinguished Educator Award and the 2015 Alumni Achievement Award for Mathematics.

The trustees will hear an update on the substitute teacher plan, the monthly budget monitoring report, and the annual enrollment report. There will be a special briefing on in-district transfers and schools of choice approval.

Voting tonight will be on the resolution to support the county-wide special education millage ballot proposal, the soundfield replacement project, and the student achievement data warehouse bid.

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