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.

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Summer School 2018 Preview; Summer Maintenance OKed

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 18, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting begins with a moment of silence for the passing of former AAPS superintendent W. Scott Westerman, Jr.  Westerman passed away earlier this morning.

The student winners of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest will present in front of the board.

A preview of the Summer 2018 Academic Programs will be given as the sole information item. No board action is taken on information items.

Four first briefing items will be presented: 2015 Bond – Classroom Enhancements: Phase III Furniture Purchase, High Schools & Additional Classrooms; Disaster Mitigation Services; Pattengill Structural Restoration; and Ductwork Replacement: Skyline Natatorium.

Items up for second briefings: Tech Bond Purchase: Teacher Laptop Refresh; Tennis Courts Renewal Projects; A2STEAM Air Conditioning; Lawn Maintenance Service Contract; and a District Security Service contract.

Voting tonight will be to approve the Teacher Laptop Refresh; the Tennis Courts Renewal Project; the Lawn Maintenance Service Contract; the District Security Service Contract; and the A2STEAM Air Conditioning.


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AAPS BOE Updated on Guns in Schools Court Case; Summer Improvements a Go

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 11, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting begins with a moment of silence in memoriam of Shelly Vollmer, Dicken Elementary kindergarten teacher. There will be a tribute to environmental educator Bill Browning, who passed away March 23. The meeting begins at 7PM.

The March Monthly Budget Monitoring Report, an Update on the 2018 Operating Millage, and a report on Summer 2018 Facilities/Sinking Fund Projects will be shared as information items. No board action is taken on information items.

The trustees will hear five first briefing items. There will be recommendations for a Tech Bond Purchase: Teacher Laptop Refresh, for Tennis Courts Renewal Projects, and for A2STEAM Air Conditioning. Several service contracts will be recommended: a Lawn Maintenance Service Contract and a District Security Service contract.

There are no second briefing items on tonight’s agenda.


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