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LIVE BLOG — Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education Regular Meeting: 10/18/17

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (October 18, 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 6:00 PM this evening, for the purposes of Superintendent Evaluation. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Special recognition will be given to Clague Middle School, recently named  a 2017 National Schools to Watch.

Three information items will be presented to the trustees. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will give an update on the district’s actions on the 3rd grade reading law. Marios Demetriou, Assistant Superintendent Finance & Operations, will give the the Monthly Budget Monitoring Report for the month of September. Demetriou will also present the 2017-18 Physical Properties and Sinking Fund Plan, as well as next steps.

First briefings include a 3rd Grade Reading Materials Purchase Recommendation and a Bulk Salt Purchase Recommendation.

A second briefing will be given on the contract recommendation for Pediatric Therapy Associates for a total cost of $291,768.75. The IDEA Grant will fund $200,966.25, and the General Fund will support $99,772.50. Only K-12 students with IEPs can be funded through the IDEA grant. Early On Services (0-3 years of age) cannot be funded through the grant.

Voting will be on the Pediatric Therapy Associates contract.

Board action will be taken on approving a Superintendent Evaluation Tool.


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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.**

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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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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