Category Archives: Study Session

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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Trustees Approve Schools of Choice for 2017/18; Hear Initial Budget Info

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting/study session (March 29, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport 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 a performance by the Tappan Middle School Orchestra, led by Joseph DeMarsh.

There will be three information items: the Spring 2017 Student Count, a 2015 Bond Update, and a 2017 Sinking Fund Update.

No first or second briefings are scheduled.

Board action will be taken on a motion to approve limited school of choice.

The study session, which is an opportunity for the trustees to dig deeper on a single issue, will focus on the 2017/18 Budget. This is the initial introduction of next school year’s budget.


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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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