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Modular Classrooms for Wines & Mitchell OK’ed; Board Talks Equity, Advocacy at Retreat

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting/ board retreat (March 14, 2018): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will begin tonight by holding a regular meeting in which they will get work done. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, they will move into a board retreat. The initial meeting begins at 5:30PM.

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

Two items are up for second briefing, which means they will be voted on tonight. The two items:  2015 Bond Furniture Purchase for Slauson and Tappan Middle Schools; and the Modular Expansion: Mitchell & Wines Elementary Schools.

The furniture recommendation is to approve the purchase of classroom furniture for Slauson and Tappan Middle Schools for a total amount of $676,187.35. Funding will come from the 2015 Bond Fund.

The modular expansion at Wines and Mitchell is to meet the needs of increased student population and programmatic expansion. The modular buildings will add an additional six classrooms, a flex room, two restrooms, two offices, and a covered walkway to each of the the main school buildings. The recommendation is for the board to approve funding the modular classroom projects for a cost of up to $2,695,722. The funding will be provided from the Sinking Fund.

The trustees will be voting tonight on the approval of the furniture purchase, as well as the modular classrooms.

After the business of the regular meeting concludes, the trustees will move into the work of their retreat. They are focusing on four different areas. There will be a Trustee Share: Equity Symposium & Advocacy Institute. They will examine their current and future work. They will look at board development, and they will discuss next steps.


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Graduation Rate at 90%; Modular Expansion at Mitchell, Wines

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (March 7, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will vote themselves into executive session at 5:30 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM. [[AnnArbivore will not be providing live coverage of this meeting. I am coming down with something and need to stay at home. You can watch the meeting live on CTN.]]

Tonight’s meeting will begin with special commentary on the Ray Detter Local History Award.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift will present the 2017 Graduation Rate Annual Report as an information item. No board action is taken on information items.

The trustees will hear one first briefing item: 2015 Bond Furniture Purchase for Slauson and Tappan Middle Schools. [A second item had been removed from the agenda, but was placed back on after this writing. That item: Modular Expansion: Mitchell & Wines Elementary Schools].

Four items are up for second briefing. That includes a Musical Instrument Purchase; Pioneer Band Uniform Purchase; School Auditorium Sound System Purchase; and Pioneer High School Emergency Gymnasium Repair.

The recommended musical instrument purchase is for 18 Roland Electric Keyboards at a cost of $36,306 and one English Horn at a cost of $7,600. Funding will be provided from the 2015 Bond Fund.

Due to normal wear and tear, many of the Pioneer Marching Band Uniforms need to be replaced. The uniform purchase will cost $27,504.75 and will be paid out of the General Fund.

The 2015 Bond Advisory Committee recommended the purchase/replacement of auditorium equipment to ensure adequate functionality. The sound upgrades will not exceed a cost of $205,235.09. The contract will be funded from the 2015 Bond Fund.

Emergency repair and restoration was needed when a coil inside a rooftop HVAC unit at Pioneer froze and water leaked into the main gym, damaging the floor, weight room, and running track. The costs totaled $38,625.37. Due to the extent of the damage, the entire gym floor is scheduled to be refinished and painted during summer break in the total amount of $21,205. These services will be funded through an insurance claim, with the $10,000 deductible paid from the Sinking Fund.

The trustees will be voting tonight on the approval of the musical instrument purchase; the Pioneer band uniform purchase; the school auditorium sound system purchase; and the Pioneer emergency gymnasium repair. 018 sale of bonds; the approval of the communication & network maintenance contracts; the planetarium server replacement; and the 2018 purchase of school buses.


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Special Education Millage Renewal on November Ballot

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (September 27, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

** Due to a technical problem, I was not able to live blog this meeting. I was, however, able to live tweet the meeting on Twitter. You can see the meeting unfold at @annarbivore. I also copied and pasted the tweets here. See them below.**

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.

During the regular meeting, the trustees will hear two information items: the Special Education Renewal Millage and the monthly budget monitoring report for August.

A Pediatric Therapy Associates Contract is the only first briefing scheduled.

Second briefings will be held for four items. The first is a 2015 Bond Piano Purchase of 26 Steinway pianos for installation in all middle and high schools for a total cost not to exceed $1,197,162. The purchase would be use monies from the 2015 Bond.

The second item is a 2015 Bond Phase II Classroom Furniture Implementation. Phase I of the classroom furniture implementation was completed over spring and summer 2017 in 14 schools. This second phase would add an additional nine schools to that list. The $3,536,250 purchase would be paid from the 2015 Bond.

A 2015 Bond Phase III Model Classroom Furniture Purchase would provide the purchase of two model classrooms for each of the five high schools. The estimated cost of the model classroom furniture is $355,000 and would be paid from 2015 Bond funds.

The final second briefing item is the biennial Rec & Ed Catalog Production Bid Recommendation, for a two-year contract to Michigan Web Press in an amount not exceed $150,000. The contract covers the printing of four seasonal catalogs and one Summer Camps catalog.

Voting will be on the Piano Purchases, the Phase II Classroom Furniture Implementation, Phase III Model Classroom Furniture Purchase, and the Rec & Ed Catalog Production Bid Recommendation.

Board action will be taken to certify the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) voting delegates.


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