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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AAPS Board Hears Pedestrian Safety Update; Softball Field to Honor Dottie Davis

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (May 10, 2017): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) meeting will be split into several parts tonight.

The first part of the meeting begins at 5:00 PM when the trustees will hear a second briefing on the recommendation to name the Huron High School softball field after Dottie Davis, Huron’s Athletic Director. After special comments from those who support the naming, the trustees will vote on the recommendation.

Immediately following the vote, the meeting will recess for a reception celebrating Davis.

The regular meeting will reconvene at 7:00 PM with a student performance by the Skyline Chamber Orchestra.

The Board will resume honoring Davis and name the Huron Softball Field. The Chartwells Scholarship will be presented. Chartwells will also present a school garden mini grant.

Howard Lazarus, Ann Arbor City Manager, is slated for a special commentary.

Students from Huron High School will give a student leadership report. Representatives from each high school are invited to speak in front of the board once a school year.

Two information items will be presented: a Pedestrian Safety Update and the Chartwells Annual Report.

After those presentations, the trustees will vote themselves into an executive session, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. [ed: The trustees changed the order of the agenda, so they recessed to executive session after the completion of all regular meeting work.]

Once they resume the regular meeting, the trustees will hear 11 first briefing items. They include: a 2015 Bond Security For Entry ADA/DHH Upgrade; a Tech Bond Computer Purchase; a Woodchips Bid Recommendation; 2015 Bond Playground Structure Purchase: Abbot & Wines; HVAC Upgrade & Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Air Conditioning: Forsythe and Huron; Allen Renovations – Phase II – Electrical, Mechanical & HVAC, Finishes, Window Blinds; and the 2017/18 Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Budget Review.

The 2015 Bond Bus Purchase Recommendation is up as a second briefing item. The recommendation is to add 23 buses to the district fleet, for a total of $2,296,287 paid out of the 2015 Bond.

Voting tonight will be on the Bus Purchase Recommendation, as well as the early vote on the naming of the Huron Softball Field.


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AAPS Graduation Rates Remain at 89%; Trustees Consider Renaming Huron Softball Field

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 26, 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 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.

Students from Community High School will give a student leadership report. Representatives from each high school are invited to speak in front of the board once a school year.

Three information items will be presented: the 2016 Graduation Rates Annual Report, the 2017/18 Budget Overview, and an update on the 2017 Sinking Fund Millage.

The trustees will hear four first briefing items. A recommendation to name the Huron High School Softball Field for Dottie Davis, Huron’s Assistant Principal and Athletic Director will be made. Recommendations will also be made for a 2015 Bond Furniture Purchase and a 2015 Bond Bus Purchase. The 2017/18 Food Service Annual Contract Review will also be presented.

A Tech Bond E-Rate Network Infrastructure Purchase will be presented as a special briefing item. That means the trustees will hear about the item tonight for the first time, then vote on the purchase tonight. Generally, items with time sensitivity are brought forward for special briefings.

There are no second briefings scheduled.

Voting tonight will be on the Tech Bond E-Rate Network Infrastructure Purchase.


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