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2017/18 AAPS Budget is Approved

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (June 21, 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 and for “strategy and negotiation sessions connected with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.” Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will begin with special recognition of Ken Fischer, the director of University Musical Society (UMS). Fischer will retire from UMS on June 30, 2017. Glenn Nelson, former AAPS trustee, will also be recognized.

The second public hearing on the 2017-18 budget will be held. This is a chance for the public to comment directly on the budget, distinct from the regular public commentary, which will also be held. No members of the public spoke at the first public hearing on June 14.

Three information items will be presented. The Culture and Climate Annual Report will be given. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will given an update on Fall 2017 Enrollment. There will also be an update on Summer Enrichment from Rec & Ed. [Ed. note: These items have been removed from the agenda and will be presented at a meeting in the future.]

The trustees will hear several first briefing items: the MHSSA Membership Renewal for the 2017/18 School Year; College and Career Planning – Naviance Platform; Sinking Fund Paving and Concrete Projects; Playgrounds; Sexual Health Education Advisory Committee (SHEAC) Annual Report and Recommendations; New Draft Policy 5010 – Non Discrimination; and New Draft Policy 5011 – Transgender and Gender Non Conforming Students.

Four items are up for second briefing: Tech Bond Computer Purchase; Summer Gym Floor Restorations; Allen Renovations Phase II – Structural Steel and Roofing: Thermal and Moisture Upgrades.

Those four items will be on the consent agenda, which the trustees will vote on.

In addition to voting on the consent agenda, board action will be taken on two issues. The trustees will vote to approve the 2016/17 Final Budget Amendment. they will also vote to approve the 2017/18 Budget.


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AAPS Graduation Rates Remain at 89%; Trustees Consider Renaming Huron Softball Field

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 26, 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, discussing a attorney/client privilege item. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Students from Community 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.

Three information items will be presented: the 2016 Graduation Rates Annual Report, the 2017/18 Budget Overview, and an update on the 2017 Sinking Fund Millage.

The trustees will hear four first briefing items. A recommendation to name the Huron High School Softball Field for Dottie Davis, Huron’s Assistant Principal and Athletic Director will be made. Recommendations will also be made for a 2015 Bond Furniture Purchase and a 2015 Bond Bus Purchase. The 2017/18 Food Service Annual Contract Review will also be presented.

A Tech Bond E-Rate Network Infrastructure Purchase will be presented as a special briefing item. That means the trustees will hear about the item tonight for the first time, then vote on the purchase tonight. Generally, items with time sensitivity are brought forward for special briefings.

There are no second briefings scheduled.

Voting tonight will be on the Tech Bond E-Rate Network Infrastructure Purchase.


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AAPS Trustees Hear Michigan School Funding Overview

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 19, 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, discussing two attorney/client privilege items. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

There are two special commentary items on the agenda. Steve Olsen, Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) board candidate, will speak to the trustees. A unspecified second agenda item is also listed.

Students from Pioneer 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.

The monthly budget monitoring report for March will be presented by Chief Financial Officer Jill Minnick. Minnick will also give an overview of Michigan school funding. The trustees will also hear Part II of the 2015 Bond Update. Part I was presented at the last regular meeting. Superintendent Jeanice Swift will give an update on the 2017 Sinking Fund Millage.

There are no first or second briefing items scheduled.


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