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BOE Focuses on 3rd Grade Reading, Sinking Fund Plans; Swift Named MI Superintendent of Year

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (October 18, 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 6:00 PM this evening, for the purposes of Superintendent Evaluation. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Special recognition will be given to Clague Middle School, recently named  a 2017 National Schools to Watch.

Three information items will be presented to the trustees. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will give an update on the district’s actions on the 3rd grade reading law. Marios Demetriou, Assistant Superintendent Finance & Operations, will give the the Monthly Budget Monitoring Report for the month of September. Demetriou will also present the 2017-18 Physical Properties and Sinking Fund Plan, as well as next steps.

First briefings include a 3rd Grade Reading Materials Purchase Recommendation and a Bulk Salt Purchase Recommendation.

A second briefing will be given on the contract recommendation for Pediatric Therapy Associates for a total cost of $291,768.75. The IDEA Grant will fund $200,966.25, and the General Fund will support $99,772.50. Only K-12 students with IEPs can be funded through the IDEA grant. Early On Services (0-3 years of age) cannot be funded through the grant.

Voting will be on the Pediatric Therapy Associates contract.

Board action will be taken on approving a Superintendent Evaluation Tool.


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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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AAPS Board Hears Pedestrian Safety Update; Softball Field to Honor Dottie Davis

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (May 10, 2017): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) meeting will be split into several parts tonight.

The first part of the meeting begins at 5:00 PM when the trustees will hear a second briefing on the recommendation to name the Huron High School softball field after Dottie Davis, Huron’s Athletic Director. After special comments from those who support the naming, the trustees will vote on the recommendation.

Immediately following the vote, the meeting will recess for a reception celebrating Davis.

The regular meeting will reconvene at 7:00 PM with a student performance by the Skyline Chamber Orchestra.

The Board will resume honoring Davis and name the Huron Softball Field. The Chartwells Scholarship will be presented. Chartwells will also present a school garden mini grant.

Howard Lazarus, Ann Arbor City Manager, is slated for a special commentary.

Students from Huron 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.

Two information items will be presented: a Pedestrian Safety Update and the Chartwells Annual Report.

After those presentations, the trustees will vote themselves into an executive session, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. [ed: The trustees changed the order of the agenda, so they recessed to executive session after the completion of all regular meeting work.]

Once they resume the regular meeting, the trustees will hear 11 first briefing items. They include: a 2015 Bond Security For Entry ADA/DHH Upgrade; a Tech Bond Computer Purchase; a Woodchips Bid Recommendation; 2015 Bond Playground Structure Purchase: Abbot & Wines; HVAC Upgrade & Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Air Conditioning: Forsythe and Huron; Allen Renovations – Phase II – Electrical, Mechanical & HVAC, Finishes, Window Blinds; and the 2017/18 Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Budget Review.

The 2015 Bond Bus Purchase Recommendation is up as a second briefing item. The recommendation is to add 23 buses to the district fleet, for a total of $2,296,287 paid out of the 2015 Bond.

Voting tonight will be on the Bus Purchase Recommendation, as well as the early vote on the naming of the Huron Softball Field.


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