Category Archives: 2017-18 school year

AAPS Focuses on Teacher Recruitment

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 20, 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 5:30 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. Tonight’s regular meeting beginning at 7:00 PM is the rescheduled meeting of last week’s cancelled one.

Special recognition will be given to several people in the district. Retirement recognition will be given to  Pittsfield Township Officer Ritchie Coleman. Pioneer High School Head Tennis Coach Tom Pullen will be recognized for making it into the National High School Athletic Coach Association Hall of Fame. David Comsa, Deputy Superintendent Human Resources/General Counsel, will be recognized for being named the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators’ (MAPSA) Outstanding Resources Administrator of the Year.

The annual Staffing and Recruitment Update, the Biennial Rec & Ed Report, and the November Monthly Monitoring Report will all be given as information items.

No first briefing items are on tonight’s agenda.

The trustees will review 10 second briefing items. They include: the 2018 Operating Mills Proposal; the Resolution to Love Public Education Campaign; Facilities Need Assessment Contract; Playground Equipment Purchase & Installation (A2 STEAM, Angell, Logan, and Pittsfield Elementary Schools); Emergency Boilers, Condensate Tank and Air Handler Replacements; Modular Classroom Units – Change Orders; Diesel Fuel Purchase for Bus Fleet; 2018 Pioneer Parking Project Management Contract Bid Award; Huron High School Air Handling Unit Replacement; and Custodial Supplies 2017/18 Contract.

The Operating Mills Proposal request is for the trustees to approve the placement of a renewal of the Operating Millage [18 mills] on the May 2018 ballot, to extend 20 years, and to include a cushion of 3 mills to ensure the district will continue to collect the full 18 mills. AAPS has experienced a Headlee rollback on the millage, which means they have been collecting less than the 18 mills. [The Operating Mills Proposal was removed from tonight’s agenda, as only four trustees were present].

Voting tonight will be on the above 10 items, in addition to the approval of meeting minutes.


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AAPS Enrollment Up 231 Students; Modular Classrooms Cost $1.3M More

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 6, 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 5:30 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Several district educators will be recognized for recently won awards: Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education; Darcy Knoll, SHAPE Michigan Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year; and Amy Van Appledorn, University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award.

The annual Fall Student Enrollment and Class Size Report will presented as an information item.

Eleven items are scheduled for first briefings. They include: the 2018 Operating Mills Proposal; the Love Public Education Campaign; Facilities Need Assessment; Playground Equipment Purchase & Installation (A2 STEAM, Angell, Logan, and Pittsfield Elementary Schools); Emergency Boilers, Condensate Tank and Air Handler Replacements; Modular Classroom Units – Change Orders; Diesel Fuel for Bus Fleet; 2018 Pioneer Parking Project Management Contract Bid Award; Huron High School Air Handling Unit Replacement; Custodial Supplies for 2017/18; and Roof Consultant.

There are no second briefing items on the agenda.

Voting tonight will be only be on the approval of meeting minutes and donations.


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Clean Audit for AAPS

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (November 15, 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. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Two information items will be presented: the October Budget Monitoring Report and the 2016-17 Annual Audit.

No first briefings are scheduled.

Second briefings include two purchase recommendations. The Physical Properties Department is recommending the district purchase bagged ice melter for a total of $24,438.75 per year for three years. Funding will be provided from the General Fund.  The Purchasing Department is recommending a purchase of 2,857 instruments from seven different vendors for a total cost of $1,998,226. The instruments will be used district wide. Funding will be provided from the 2015 Bond Fund.

Voting tonight will be on the musical instruments and the bagged ice melter purchases.


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