Category Archives: Regular Meeting

AAPS Trustees Pass Resolution Opposing DeVos Nomination; Move Forward on Millage Proposal

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting/study session (January 25, 2017): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will have a combined regular meeting and study session tonight beginning at 5:30 PM.

The regular meeting will begin with special recognition given to the school board trustees. January is School Board Recognition Month.

The trustees will hear the monthly budget monitoring report for December, given by Chief Financial Officer Jill Minnick. Minnick will also give  special briefing on the 2016/17 budget amendment. The budget amendment is a fairly routine item to have mid-year.

No first briefings are scheduled.

A Sinking Fund Millage Proposal, of which the trustees will be determining the level [somewhere between 1 and 3 mills], and the District Liability Insurance Renewal are up for second briefings. Minnick is recommending the district switch liability insurance providers, for a premium cost savings over last year of $138,616. The total cost of the insurance is a $628,884 premium with a $10,000 deductible and a $200,000 aggregate.

Voting will be on the resolution to submit the sinking fund millage proposal, the liability insurance renewal, and the 16/17 budget amendment.

Board action is to be taken on the annual approval of financial institutions.

The study session, which is an opportunity for the trustees to dig deeper on a single issue, will focus on school start times. The Board is considering the issue of changing school start times to allow for a later start to the high school day.


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Board at an Impasse Over Empty Seat

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 14, 2016): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet in executive session at 5:00 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The regular meeting, starting at 7:00 PM, will begin with the board vacancy applicant public statements. The six candidates will each have three minutes to address the question posed by the trustees at the interviews this past Friday: “Tell us why we should pick you to fill this vacancy.” Each candidate’s application is viewable on the district website.

Directly after the public statements, the deliberation and voting process will take place. Once a candidate receives four or more votes, that person will immediately be sworn in as a trustee, filling the seat left vacant by the resignation of Donna Lasinski.

The trustees will hear several informational reports: an update on the Court of Appeals – Ulysses Wong and Michigan Gun Owners v AAPS; the monthly financial monitoring report; the 2016/17 staffing report; and a preview of 2017/18 enhancements.

No first briefing items are on the agenda.

Second briefing items include: the Technology Refresh Bid Recommendation, the Allen Elementary Furniture Replacement Purchase Recommendation, and Allen Bid Recommendations: Additional Flooring and Paint.

The consent agenda will include the technology refresh bid, the Allen furniture replacement purchase, and the additional flooring and paint at Allen.

Board action is to be taken on a transportation contract amendment.


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Student Safety Plan In Place; 2015 Bond Recommendations Made

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 7, 2016): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet in executive session at 5:00 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The regular meeting, starting at 7:00 PM, will begin with a moment of silence for Community High student John Kuhnke, who passed away November 28.

Special recognition will be given to the Hikone Student Exchange program. Student performances will be given by the Thurston Choir, led by Yael Rothfeld, and by student Dea Chappell, who will be performing a spoken word piece.

The trustees will hear two informational reports: the 2015 Bond recommendations for playgrounds, athletic fields, security doors, auditoriums, and musical instruments; and a student safety plan from Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

Three first briefings will be given. Merri Lynn Colligan, Executive Director Technology & Information Services, will walk the trustees through the Technology Refresh Bid Recommendation. Executive Director Elementary Education Dawn Linden will make the Allen Elementary Furniture Replacement Purchase Recommendation.  An Additional Flooring and Paint Recommendation for Allen will be given by Swift.

There are no second briefings scheduled.

Board action is to be taken on an administrative contract approval.

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