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LIVE BLOG — Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education Regular Meeting: 6/13/18

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (June 13, 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 5:00 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public. The regular meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will begin with a performance by Clague Middle School’s 7th Grade Chamber Ensemble, led by Abby Alwin.

Several scholarships will be presented tonight. Senator Rebekah Warren will present her Envision Michigan Fund Scholarship. The 2018 AAPS Partner Scholarships by Chartwells, GCA, and Durham Transportation will be presented. There will also be a 2018 AAPS Community Scholarships presentation, along with the 2018 Chartwells Farm to School Mini Grant Award presentation.

Tonight will mark the second briefing of the 2018/19 budget. It will also mark the second public hearing on the proposed budget. These items are earlier in the meeting, presumably to allow members of the public to speak earlier in the evening.

After the public hearing, the meeting resumes its usual progression through the agenda.

Two information items will be presented to the board: the Monthly Budget Monitoring Report for May and a preview of AAPS Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability.

The trustees will hear eight first briefing items. Those include: Middle School Math Purchase; 2017/18 Budget Amendment; Project Read Phase II Purchase; Mitchell Elementary Cafeteria Enhancements; Haisley Elementary Renovations: New Classroom and Computer Lab; Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Membership Renewal for 2018/19 School Year; Federal Grant Procurement; and a Sunset Review of the 5000 Series Policies. No action is taken on first briefing items.

There will be second briefings on the Tennis Courts Renewal and Pattengill Fire Restoration and Renovation.

The recommendation is to award the tennis courts renewal contract to Anglin Civil of Livonia, Michigan, in the amount of $1,113,401, paid from the Sinking Fund.

On April 18, a fire occurred at Pattengill Elementary in a Boys restroom. The subsequent emergency restoration costs totaled $27,544.02. Due to the extent of the damage, the bathrooms will require renovation. The renovations will be a total amount of $89,735.65. Funding will be provided through an insurance claim in the amount of $92,279.67 with the $25,000 deductible paid from the Sinking Fund if approved.

The trustee will vote on the second briefing items when they vote on the consent agenda.

Board action will be taken to vote on approving the 2018/19 Budget.


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AAPS Begins Prelim Budget Talks

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education study session (April 25, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s study session, beginning at 5:30 PM, begins with a moment of silence for Burns Park Elementary teacher Scott Thompson.

Study sessions allow for the trustees to dig deep into topics. There is no voting involved.

An overview of the AAPS High School African American Humanities course will be given to the trustees. They will also hear an update on the AAPS District Advisory Groups. Advisory Groups are made up of students, staff, parents, and community members.

The board will also hear the preliminary plan for Project Grow Your Own. The project was initially floated by the trustees as a way of increasing homegrown teacher candidates.

In addition to those updates, the trustees will get a first blush preview of the AAPS 2018-19 Budget. It will be presented within the context of both the Federal and State budget.

[[AnnArbivore will begin coverage of the meeting as soon as I can get there.]]


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AAPS BOE Updated on Guns in Schools Court Case; Summer Improvements a Go

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (April 11, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

Tonight’s Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) regular meeting begins with a moment of silence in memoriam of Shelly Vollmer, Dicken Elementary kindergarten teacher. There will be a tribute to environmental educator Bill Browning, who passed away March 23. The meeting begins at 7PM.

The March Monthly Budget Monitoring Report, an Update on the 2018 Operating Millage, and a report on Summer 2018 Facilities/Sinking Fund Projects will be shared as information items. No board action is taken on information items.

The trustees will hear five first briefing items. There will be recommendations for a Tech Bond Purchase: Teacher Laptop Refresh, for Tennis Courts Renewal Projects, and for A2STEAM Air Conditioning. Several service contracts will be recommended: a Lawn Maintenance Service Contract and a District Security Service contract.

There are no second briefing items on tonight’s agenda.


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