Category Archives: Executive Session

Graduation Rate at 90%; Modular Expansion at Mitchell, Wines

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (March 7, 2018): 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. [[AnnArbivore will not be providing live coverage of this meeting. I am coming down with something and need to stay at home. You can watch the meeting live on CTN.]]

Tonight’s meeting will begin with special commentary on the Ray Detter Local History Award.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift will present the 2017 Graduation Rate Annual Report as an information item. No board action is taken on information items.

The trustees will hear one first briefing item: 2015 Bond Furniture Purchase for Slauson and Tappan Middle Schools. [A second item had been removed from the agenda, but was placed back on after this writing. That item: Modular Expansion: Mitchell & Wines Elementary Schools].

Four items are up for second briefing. That includes a Musical Instrument Purchase; Pioneer Band Uniform Purchase; School Auditorium Sound System Purchase; and Pioneer High School Emergency Gymnasium Repair.

The recommended musical instrument purchase is for 18 Roland Electric Keyboards at a cost of $36,306 and one English Horn at a cost of $7,600. Funding will be provided from the 2015 Bond Fund.

Due to normal wear and tear, many of the Pioneer Marching Band Uniforms need to be replaced. The uniform purchase will cost $27,504.75 and will be paid out of the General Fund.

The 2015 Bond Advisory Committee recommended the purchase/replacement of auditorium equipment to ensure adequate functionality. The sound upgrades will not exceed a cost of $205,235.09. The contract will be funded from the 2015 Bond Fund.

Emergency repair and restoration was needed when a coil inside a rooftop HVAC unit at Pioneer froze and water leaked into the main gym, damaging the floor, weight room, and running track. The costs totaled $38,625.37. Due to the extent of the damage, the entire gym floor is scheduled to be refinished and painted during summer break in the total amount of $21,205. These services will be funded through an insurance claim, with the $10,000 deductible paid from the Sinking Fund.

The trustees will be voting tonight on the approval of the musical instrument purchase; the Pioneer band uniform purchase; the school auditorium sound system purchase; and the Pioneer emergency gymnasium repair. 018 sale of bonds; the approval of the communication & network maintenance contracts; the planetarium server replacement; and the 2018 purchase of school buses.


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AAPS Eyes Future Growth; Plans for Carpenter, Bryant Pattengill

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (January 31, 2018): 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.

Tonight’s meeting will begin with a moment of silence for Pioneer High School junior Makaylah Gibson who passed away on Sunday, January 28.

This month’s meeting is heavy on the information items. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will be presenting 2018-19 District Enhancements. There will be an update on Housing Development and Projected Enrollment Growth, as well as an overview of the 2018 Budget Development Timeline.

No first briefing items are on the agenda.

Second briefing items include several purchase recommendations. The first is a Playground Equipment Purchase for Bach Elementary funded through the Sinking Fund a total cost of $109.092.91. The second purchase: a Classroom Area Rugs for Phase II Schools, for a total cost of $52,785.80 for 116 rugs – paid out of the 2015 Bond Fund. The third recommendation is for a Utility Vehicles Purchase. The current fleet consists of 21 vehicles. The district proposes to purchase 11 vehicles, retain seven, and sell/scrap 14, for a total fleet of 18 vehicles. The total purchase cost would be $301,757.30, paid out of the Capital Projects Fund.

The consent agenda will include the approval of the Playground Equipment, the Classroom Area Rugs, the Utility Vehicles Purchase, and meeting minutes and donations.

Board action will be taken on the District Annual Insurance Renewal and Extension of Coverage Year and the Ratification of an Employee Agreement.


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AAPS Trustees Approve Millage Proposal for May Ballot

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education organizational/regular meeting (January 17, 2018): 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.

Tonight’s meeting will be a combination of an organizational meeting and a regular meeting. The organizational meeting is held the first meeting of the new calendar year. The election of officers takes place, the parliamentarian is appointed,  committee assignments are made, and the meeting schedule is approved.

The December Monthly Budget Monitoring Report will be presented as an information item.

There are three first briefing items on the agenda. They include a Playground Equipment Purchase for Bach Elementary; Classroom Area Rugs Purchase; and a Utility Vehicles Purchase.

There are no second briefing items on the agenda.

The consent agenda will include the approval of meeting minutes and donations.

Board action will be taken on the 2018 Operating Mills Proposal. This action had been deferred from the last meeting, since there were only four trustees present. While technically a quorum, they wanted a stronger vote for the proposal. Also, the trustees will work to approve a Superintendent Evaluation Timeline. Several attempts have been made to approve such a timeline, but so far, the trustees cannot agree on if it should be a timeline based on the calendar year or the school year.


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