Category Archives: 2017-18 school year

Special Education Millage Renewal on November Ballot

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (September 27, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

** Due to a technical problem, I was not able to live blog this meeting. I was, however, able to live tweet the meeting on Twitter. You can see the meeting unfold at @annarbivore. I also copied and pasted the tweets here. See them below.**

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will vote themselves into executive session at 5:00 PM this evening, discussing a attorney/client privilege item. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

During the regular meeting, the trustees will hear two information items: the Special Education Renewal Millage and the monthly budget monitoring report for August.

A Pediatric Therapy Associates Contract is the only first briefing scheduled.

Second briefings will be held for four items. The first is a 2015 Bond Piano Purchase of 26 Steinway pianos for installation in all middle and high schools for a total cost not to exceed $1,197,162. The purchase would be use monies from the 2015 Bond.

The second item is a 2015 Bond Phase II Classroom Furniture Implementation. Phase I of the classroom furniture implementation was completed over spring and summer 2017 in 14 schools. This second phase would add an additional nine schools to that list. The $3,536,250 purchase would be paid from the 2015 Bond.

A 2015 Bond Phase III Model Classroom Furniture Purchase would provide the purchase of two model classrooms for each of the five high schools. The estimated cost of the model classroom furniture is $355,000 and would be paid from 2015 Bond funds.

The final second briefing item is the biennial Rec & Ed Catalog Production Bid Recommendation, for a two-year contract to Michigan Web Press in an amount not exceed $150,000. The contract covers the printing of four seasonal catalogs and one Summer Camps catalog.

Voting will be on the Piano Purchases, the Phase II Classroom Furniture Implementation, Phase III Model Classroom Furniture Purchase, and the Rec & Ed Catalog Production Bid Recommendation.

Board action will be taken to certify the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) voting delegates.


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AAPS Trustees Mark the Start of the 17-18 School Year; OK Construction Mgr Contract

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (September 13, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The regular meeting of the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education, starting at 7:00 PM, will begin with a moment of silence for AAPS teacher Doug Julius, who passed away August 31. Two new principals will be introduced: Matthew Hilton, Mitchell Elementary and Edward Latour, Lakewood Elementary.

The trustees will hear a 2017/18 Back to School report from Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

First briefings include: a 2015 Bond Piano Purchase for middle and high schools; a 2015 Bond Phase II Classroom Furniture Implementation; a 2015 Bond Phase III Model Classroom Furniture Purchase; and the annual Rec & Ed Catalog Production Bid Recommendation.

A second briefing will be held on the contract recommendation for Construction Management Services for the Allen Elementary Enhancements – Phase II for a total cost of $306,981. The project will be funded through the district’s Sinking Fund.

Voting will be on Allen Elementary Enhancements Construction Management Contract.

Board action will be taken on an Administrative Contract Approval. The trustees vote to approve the contract of a new district Chief Financial Officer.


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AAPS Board Trustees OK Summer Purchases

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (August 30, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

**ANNARBIVORE IS UNABLE TO ATTEND TONIGHT’S MEETING. TUNE IN TO CTN TO WATCH THE MEETING LIVE.**

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Tonight is the first regular meeting of the 2017-18 school year.

The meeting will begin with special recognition of seven new school principals. They include: Karen Siegel, Ann Arbor Open; Angela Newing, Forsythe Middle; Edward Latour, Lakewood Elementary; Matthew Hilton, Mitchell Elementary; Waleed Samaha, Pathways to Success High; Lisa Anglin, Slauson Middle; and Roberta Heyward, Tappan Middle.

The trustees will hear two information items. The first will be a comprehensive report on Summer 2017, encompassing academics, enrichment, and facilities. The second will be the monthly budget monitoring report for July.

As is usual practice at the first board meeting of the new school year, the board will review and vote to give final approval of superintendent authorized summer 2017 purchases. The trustees will be presented with Part I of the purchases.

There are no first or second briefings on the agenda.

Board action will be taken on three items. Trustees will vote to approve an auxiliary finance subcommittee, a superintendent evaluation tool task force, and the 17-18 board meeting schedule.


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