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AAPS Focuses on Student Safety; Trustees OK Bus Purchases, Planetarium Server

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (February 28, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet tonight for a regular meeting beginning at 7:00 PM. [[AnnArbivore coverage will begin after 7:30PM. I’ve got kindergarten round-up to attend.]]

Tonight’s meeting will begin with a performance by the Thurston Elementary School choir, directed by Yale Rothfeld. Students from Skyline High School will perform in celebration of Black History Month.

The January Monthly Budget Monitoring Report will be the sole information item.

First briefing items include: a Musical Instrument Purchase; Pioneer Band Uniform Purchase; School Auditorium Sound System Purchase; and Pioneer High School Emergency Gymnasium Repair.

The trustees will hear four second briefing items. Second briefings for the evening will be the 2018 Sale of Bonds; the 2018 Communication & Network Maintenance Contracts Recommendations; Planetarium Servers Replacement; and the 2018 Purchase of School Buses.

The recommendation is to issue $14M in Bonds in April 2018 to complete the 2012 Technology Bond ($8) and the 2015 Building & Site Bonds ($6M).

The 2018 Communication and Network Maintenance Contracts include recommendations for Plain Ordinary Telephone Service (POTS) with Clear Rate Communications for a three year contract totaling $152,832.60; Cellular Services with Verizon for a three year contract totaling $362, 797.20; Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Service with Sentinel Technologies for a three year contract for $779,523.99; and Network Maintenance and Managed Services with Sentinel Technologies for a three year contract for $1,108,560.99.

The 2012 Technology Bond Committee has determined the Pioneer High School IMRA Planetarium Servers, which runs the lighting, projector, and content, are in need of replacement. The total cost of equipment and shipping is $28,200.00, to be purchased from Evans & Sutherland.

The recommendation to purchase 23 buses (20 regular education buses and 3 preschool buses) continues the work of the 2015 Bond Advisory Committee, which advised replacing an average of 23 buses per year for five years. The total cost of the 23 buses is $2,283,201, using 2015 Bonds.

The trustees will be voting tonight on the approval of the 2018 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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Trustees Talk Guns, Safety in Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (February 21, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet tonight for a regular meeting beginning at 7:00 PM.

Tonight’s meeting will begin with a performance by Bryant Elementary student Khara Gilmore, Scarlett Middle student Kevin Payne, and Pioneer High students Kenyatta Campbell and Seth Dyer in recognition of Black History Month,

Superintendent Jeanice Swift will be presenting information on her upcoming Listen & Learn 2018 Tour. Swift embarked on a similar tour around the district when she was first hired on in August 2013.

The trustees will hear four first briefing items. The items will include: 2018 Sale of Bonds; the 2018 Communication & Network Maintenance Contracts Recommendations; Planetarium Servers Replacement; and the 2018 Purchase of School Buses.

There are no second briefing items on the agenda.

The consent agenda will include approval of meeting minutes and donations.

Board action will be taken on the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Board of Directors Election.


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