Category Archives: Regular Meeting

Summer School 2018 Preview; Summer Maintenance OKed

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 18, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting begins with a moment of silence for the passing of former AAPS superintendent W. Scott Westerman, Jr.  Westerman passed away earlier this morning.

The student winners of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest will present in front of the board.

A preview of the Summer 2018 Academic Programs will be given as the sole information item. No board action is taken on information items.

Four first briefing items will be presented: 2015 Bond – Classroom Enhancements: Phase III Furniture Purchase, High Schools & Additional Classrooms; Disaster Mitigation Services; Pattengill Structural Restoration; and Ductwork Replacement: Skyline Natatorium.

Items up for second briefings: Tech Bond Purchase: Teacher Laptop Refresh; Tennis Courts Renewal Projects; A2STEAM Air Conditioning; Lawn Maintenance Service Contract; and a District Security Service contract.

Voting tonight will be to approve the Teacher Laptop Refresh; the Tennis Courts Renewal Project; the Lawn Maintenance Service Contract; the District Security Service Contract; and the A2STEAM Air Conditioning.


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AAPS BOE Updated on Guns in Schools Court Case; Summer Improvements a Go

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 11, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting begins with a moment of silence in memoriam of Shelly Vollmer, Dicken Elementary kindergarten teacher. There will be a tribute to environmental educator Bill Browning, who passed away March 23. The meeting begins at 7PM.

The March Monthly Budget Monitoring Report, an Update on the 2018 Operating Millage, and a report on Summer 2018 Facilities/Sinking Fund Projects will be shared as information items. No board action is taken on information items.

The trustees will hear five first briefing items. There will be recommendations for a Tech Bond Purchase: Teacher Laptop Refresh, for Tennis Courts Renewal Projects, and for A2STEAM Air Conditioning. Several service contracts will be recommended: a Lawn Maintenance Service Contract and a District Security Service contract.

There are no second briefing items on tonight’s agenda.


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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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