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AAPS Focuses on Student Safety; Trustees OK Bus Purchases, Planetarium Server

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (February 28, 2018): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet tonight for a regular meeting beginning at 7:00 PM. [[AnnArbivore coverage will begin after 7:30PM. I’ve got kindergarten round-up to attend.]]

Tonight’s meeting will begin with a performance by the Thurston Elementary School choir, directed by Yale Rothfeld. Students from Skyline High School will perform in celebration of Black History Month.

The January Monthly Budget Monitoring Report will be the sole information item.

First briefing items include: a Musical Instrument Purchase; Pioneer Band Uniform Purchase; School Auditorium Sound System Purchase; and Pioneer High School Emergency Gymnasium Repair.

The trustees will hear four second briefing items. Second briefings for the evening will be the 2018 Sale of Bonds; the 2018 Communication & Network Maintenance Contracts Recommendations; Planetarium Servers Replacement; and the 2018 Purchase of School Buses.

The recommendation is to issue $14M in Bonds in April 2018 to complete the 2012 Technology Bond ($8) and the 2015 Building & Site Bonds ($6M).

The 2018 Communication and Network Maintenance Contracts include recommendations for Plain Ordinary Telephone Service (POTS) with Clear Rate Communications for a three year contract totaling $152,832.60; Cellular Services with Verizon for a three year contract totaling $362, 797.20; Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Service with Sentinel Technologies for a three year contract for $779,523.99; and Network Maintenance and Managed Services with Sentinel Technologies for a three year contract for $1,108,560.99.

The 2012 Technology Bond Committee has determined the Pioneer High School IMRA Planetarium Servers, which runs the lighting, projector, and content, are in need of replacement. The total cost of equipment and shipping is $28,200.00, to be purchased from Evans & Sutherland.

The recommendation to purchase 23 buses (20 regular education buses and 3 preschool buses) continues the work of the 2015 Bond Advisory Committee, which advised replacing an average of 23 buses per year for five years. The total cost of the 23 buses is $2,283,201, using 2015 Bonds.

The trustees will be voting tonight on the approval of the 2018 sale of bonds; the approval of the communication & network maintenance contracts; the planetarium server replacement; and the 2018 purchase of school buses.


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Student Safety Plan In Place; 2015 Bond Recommendations Made

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (December 7, 2016): Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Board of Education (BOE) trustees will meet in executive session at 5:00 PM this evening, citing attorney/client privilege. Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The regular meeting, starting at 7:00 PM, will begin with a moment of silence for Community High student John Kuhnke, who passed away November 28.

Special recognition will be given to the Hikone Student Exchange program. Student performances will be given by the Thurston Choir, led by Yael Rothfeld, and by student Dea Chappell, who will be performing a spoken word piece.

The trustees will hear two informational reports: the 2015 Bond recommendations for playgrounds, athletic fields, security doors, auditoriums, and musical instruments; and a student safety plan from Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

Three first briefings will be given. Merri Lynn Colligan, Executive Director Technology & Information Services, will walk the trustees through the Technology Refresh Bid Recommendation. Executive Director Elementary Education Dawn Linden will make the Allen Elementary Furniture Replacement Purchase Recommendation.  An Additional Flooring and Paint Recommendation for Allen will be given by Swift.

There are no second briefings scheduled.

Board action is to be taken on an administrative contract approval.

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