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Clean Audit for AAPS

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (November 15, 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, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Two information items will be presented: the October Budget Monitoring Report and the 2016-17 Annual Audit.

No first briefings are scheduled.

Second briefings include two purchase recommendations. The Physical Properties Department is recommending the district purchase bagged ice melter for a total of $24,438.75 per year for three years. Funding will be provided from the General Fund.  The Purchasing Department is recommending a purchase of 2,857 instruments from seven different vendors for a total cost of $1,998,226. The instruments will be used district wide. Funding will be provided from the 2015 Bond Fund.

Voting tonight will be on the musical instruments and the bagged ice melter purchases.


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Trustees Talk Strategic Plan Process

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (November 8, 2017): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The evening begins at 5:30 PM with a reception for Superintendent Jeanice Swift. Swift was recently named the Michigan Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA). The public is invited to the reception.

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

MASA Executive Director Christopher Wigent will be on hand to recognize Swift as the 2018 Michigan Superintendent of the Year.

An Immunization Update and the 2018 Strategic Plan Process will be presented as information items.

First briefings include recommendations to purchase Bagged Ice Melter and Musical Instruments.

There are no second briefing items, which means the only items on the consent agenda will be approval of the previous meeting minutes and donations.

Board action will be taken on an Administrative Contract Approval.


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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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