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AAPS BOE Study Session: 6/20/18

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education study session/regular meeting (June 20, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s meeting of the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will be a combination of a regular meeting, where board work gets done, and a study session. Study sessions allow for deeper dives into informative topics where there is no vote. The meeting begins at 5:30.

[[I cannot make it to this meeting. Please tune in to CTN Ann Arbor for the livestreaming or for the rebroadcast.]]

During the regular meeting, there are two first briefing items:  Cafeteria Table Replacements and Soundfield System Refresh: Phase III. 

The two second briefings include the Mitchell Elementary Cafeteria Enhancements and the Haisley Elementary Renovations: New Classroom and Computer Lab.

The Mitchell project will consist of enhancements to the cafeteria to accommodate an additional service line. The recommendation is for the bid to go to Heaney General Contracting of Ypsilanti for a total of $143,460. The Sinking Fund will provide the funding.

The Haisley project will include repurposing an existing space to create a new classroom and computer lab. The recommendation is to approve the contract to Construction Solutions, Inc. of Brighton in the total amount of $215,8000. Funding will be provided from the Sinking Fund.

The trustees will vote on the second briefing items when they vote on the consent agenda.

The study session items will include an update on the 3rd Grade Reading Plan; Student Safety & Emotional Supports; and 2017-18 High School Academic Initiatives.

Board action will be taken to approve an AAPS BOE Statement on the Social Studies Proposed Changes.


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AAPS Begins Prelim Budget Talks

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education study session (April 25, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s study session, beginning at 5:30 PM, begins with a moment of silence for Burns Park Elementary teacher Scott Thompson.

Study sessions allow for the trustees to dig deep into topics. There is no voting involved.

An overview of the AAPS High School African American Humanities course will be given to the trustees. They will also hear an update on the AAPS District Advisory Groups. Advisory Groups are made up of students, staff, parents, and community members.

The board will also hear the preliminary plan for Project Grow Your Own. The project was initially floated by the trustees as a way of increasing homegrown teacher candidates.

In addition to those updates, the trustees will get a first blush preview of the AAPS 2018-19 Budget. It will be presented within the context of both the Federal and State budget.

[[AnnArbivore will begin coverage of the meeting as soon as I can get there.]]


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Trustees Focus on Third Grade Reading, Summer Learning

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education study session (May 17, 2017): Pioneer High School – Cafe Annex – 601 W. Stadium Blvd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will vote themselves into executive session at 5:30 PM this evening, discussing a attorney/client privilege item. Last week, the trustees went into an executive session, saying they were working on contract negotiations. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Tonight’s study session, beginning at 6:30 PM, allows for the trustees to dig deeper into topics. There is no voting involved. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will give an update on the district International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Both Huron High School and Scarlett Middle School recently received accreditation as IB Middle Years Programme World Schools.

Swift will also give an update on district high schools. Four AAPS high schools earned silver medals in the latest rankings of U.S. News and World Reports 2017 Best High Schools. Community High (64), Huron High (29), Pioneer High (8), and Skyline High (15) are among the top 64 public high schools in the state of Michigan.

In addition to those updates, there will be a preview of  summer 2017 learning, as well as an update on the 3rd grade reading legislation.


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