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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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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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