AAPS Trustees Hear Michigan School Funding Overview

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 19, 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 two attorney/client privilege items. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

There are two special commentary items on the agenda. Steve Olsen, Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) board candidate, will speak to the trustees. A unspecified second agenda item is also listed.

Students from Pioneer 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.

The monthly budget monitoring report for March will be presented by Chief Financial Officer Jill Minnick. Minnick will also give an overview of Michigan school funding. The trustees will also hear Part II of the 2015 Bond Update. Part I was presented at the last regular meeting. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will give an update on the 2017 Sinking Fund Millage.

There are no first or second briefing items scheduled.


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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 Board OKs Modular Classrooms; Talks Suspension Rates

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting March 22, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

The trustees will hear the Student Conduct Report. Superintendent Jeanice Swift, Executive Director High School Education Paul DeAngelis, Executive Director Middle Level Education Jazz Parks, and Executive Director Elementary Education Dawn Linden will be on hand to present the report.

There are no first briefing items.

The 2015 Bond Furniture Purchase and the Modular Classroom Units Bid Recommendation are both up for second briefings.

The furniture purchase is for a total of $75,330.53, which will be paid using 2015 Bond funds earmarked for furniture. It will pay for the model classrooms at Bryant Elementary, Dicken Elementary, King Elementary, and Ann Arbor Open.

The modular classroom units are proposed as a temporary solution to the increase in student enrollment due to new real estate developments. They would be located at four elementary schools: Burns Park, King, Mitchell, and Thurston. The modular units would each consist of four classrooms, an office, a bathroom, and a hallway.  The cost would be $2,954,440,paid out of the Sinking Fund.

Voting tonight will be on the approval of the 2015 Bond Furniture Purchase and the Modular Classroom Units Bid Recommendation.


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