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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 2017-18 Budget Begins to Take Shape

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (May 24, 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 5:30 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 Skyline 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.

Jill Minnick, AAPS Chief Financial Officer, will give the monthly budget monitoring report for the month of April.

The trustees will hear several first briefing items: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Refill Purchases; an Annual Software Renewal; and a naming recommendation. Minnick will offer a proposed 2016/17 Budget Amendment. This is a usual practice towards the end of each fiscal year. Minnick will also share the Proposed 2017/18 Budget.

Eleven items are up for second briefing: 2017/18 Food Service Annual Contract Review; 2015 Bond Security Door Entry ADA/DHH Upgrade; Tech Bond Computer Purchase; Wood Chips Bid Recommendation; 2015 Bond Playground Structure Purchase for Abbot and Wines Elementaries; HVAC Upgrade and PLTW Air Conditioning at Huron High School and Forsythe Middle School; Allen Elementary Renovations Phase II: Mechanical & HVAC, Finishes, and Window Blinds; 2017/18 Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Budget Review.

All eleven of those 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 three issues. The trustees will resolve to appoint a voting delegate for the WISD election. They will also resolve to select a candidate for the WISD Board. Lastly, but not least, they will vote to approve hourly position adjustments.


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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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