Category Archives: Regular Meeting

SAT Scores Cause Concern; Trustees Pass Resolutions Opposing Legislation

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (October 25, 2017): Allen Elementary School, 2560 Towner Blvd.

The evening begins with the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees celebrating the Allen Elementary Building Re-Dedication at 5:30 PM. After a broken water main flooded the school in August 2016, the building has been renovated and refurbished. The public is invited to the dedication ceremony.

The regular board meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

The Annual SAT Achievement Report will be presented as an information item.

One generic first briefing item is listed on the agenda.

Second briefings include the 3rd Grade Reading Materials Purchase Recommendation and the Bulk Salt Purchase Recommendation. The total for the bulk salt purchase will be approximately $50,751 and will be funded through the General Fund. Funding for the $184,6894 cost of the reading materials will be provided from the 31A At-Risk Grant Fund and the General Fund.

Voting will be on the 3rd Grade Reading Materials Purchase and the Bulk Salt Purchase.

Board action will be taken on the approval of a Recreation Advisory Commission Recommendation for Membership and the approval of the Superintendent Evaluation Timeline. The trustees approved the superintendent evaluation tool at the last meeting. Tonight they will approve the timeline.

Items from the Board include two resolutions to review. The first is to review a Resolution to Oppose the Approval of Michigan SB 574 (Enhanced Millage Funding). The second is to review a Resolution to Oppose Legislation to allow Guns in Schools, including Michigan SB 584, SB 586, HB 4876.


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BOE Focuses on 3rd Grade Reading, Sinking Fund Plans; Swift Named MI Superintendent of Year

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. 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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