Jeanice Swift http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor School Board Gives Superintendent Swift Excellent Evaluation http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-gives-superintendent-swift-excellent-evaluation <div>From the Listen and Learn tour, to a budget strategy that focused on increasing enrollment new superintendent Jeanice Swift is getting high marks from the Ann Arbor School Board. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:22:38 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47948 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Officials To Share Budget Concerns With State Board Of Education http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-officials-share-budget-concerns-state-board-education <div>Ann Arbor Public Schools leaders get a chance to present funding concerns to the state board of education this week. &nbsp;Tuesday's meeting comes on the heels of the legislature approving a K-12 budget that forced the district to delay approving next year's budget. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:15:02 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47311 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Officials To Share Budget Concerns With State Board Of Education Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-waiting-approve-2014-15-budget <div>The Ann Arbor School Board has taken steps towards completing next year's budget, but chose not to vote on the plan Wednesday night. &nbsp;The delay is designed to give more time to adjust spending based on the state's new K-12 funding model. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:29:16 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47227 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-credit-rating-lowered <p><strong><a href="http://www.standardandpoors.com/" target="_blank">Standard and Poor’s</a></strong> has lowered the <strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong> credit rating from AA-Plus to A-Plus.&nbsp; The downgrade came after the district used more reserves than originally anticipated this fiscal year.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Communications Director Liz </span>Margolis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it’s the second downgrade in the last couple of years, but they shouldn’t continue.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a statement Superintendent Jeanice Swift says they have in place a solid financial plan to improve fiscal stability.&nbsp; Swift highlights efforts to increase revenue through attracting more students while also taking steps to decrease expenditures without reducing services for students.&nbsp; She believes these moves will help the district begin to rebuild fund balance within a reasonable time.</span></p><p>According to Margolis efforts to increase enrollment appear to be working and the district should be able to increase fund equity next year.&nbsp; She believes this combined with contract concessions the district is working on should lead to higher credit ratings. &nbsp;Margolis adds since the district has no plans to sell bonds now she doesn't anticipate an immediate financial impact from the credit downgrade.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:30:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44154 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered Ann Arbor Public Schools Deadline For Schools Of Choice Applications Is Tuesday http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-deadline-schools-choice-applications-tuesday <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools hopes for a boost in enrollment through schools of choice are down to the final days.&nbsp; Tuesday at five is the deadline for applications to be completed. &nbsp;</p><p>The district made 750 schools of choice seats available this year and the more students that come to the district the smaller the projected budget shortfall will be for the fall.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says it's hard to know the final number of school of choice kids that will come to the district.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:47:50 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43637 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Deadline For Schools Of Choice Applications Is Tuesday Community Members Open To Ann Arbor Public Schools Proposition To Deal With Budget http://wemu.org/post/community-members-open-ann-arbor-public-schools-proposition-deal-budget <p>Plans to close Ann Arbor Public Schools estimated $10.7 million budget shortfall for next year without cutting in the classroom is getting positive responses from the community.&nbsp; Superintendent Jeanice Swift was at Scarlett Middle School last night talking about the budget and getting community feedback.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:29:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43529 at http://wemu.org Community Members Open To Ann Arbor Public Schools Proposition To Deal With Budget Ann Arbor Public Schools Begin 2014-15 Budget Talks http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-begin-2014-15-budget-talks <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the district will innovate its way through next year’s budget.&nbsp; The school board began budget discussions Wednesday night with a work session.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:04:13 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43097 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Begin 2014-15 Budget Talks Ann Arbor Public Schools Considering K-12 International Baccalaureate Program http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-considering-k-12-international-baccalaureate-program <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are looking to create a k-12 International Baccalaureate program.&nbsp; The plan would use Mitchell Elementary, Scarlett Middle, and Huron High Schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:49:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43096 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Considering K-12 International Baccalaureate Program Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents and Teachers Praise Superintendent for Listen and Learn Report http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-parents-and-teachers-praise-superintendent-listen-and-learn-report <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Superintendent </span>Jeanice<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swift's <em>Listen and Learn</em> report did a good job of capturing community thoughts on the district according to Parents and Teachers at a meeting at </span>Forysthe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Middle School Thursday night.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Ann Arbor Public Schools look to quickly move forward with improvements Superintendent </span>Jeanice<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swift is checking that she heard the community correctly during the Listen and Learn tour.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Swift says the community has a hunger for action steps to follow.<br /><br />Kim Carver has had students in the district previously and a son coming to Forsythe Middle School next fall.&nbsp; Carver likes the positive vibe and the lack of defensiveness.</p><p></p><p>Forsythe teacher, Dan Ezekiel is extremely impressed with the report that he believes does a good job boiling down the input of 2,000 people that participated in the fall.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/files/listenandlearnreportv3.pdf"><strong>Download the report in .pdf format here</strong></a></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Swift will hold Listen and Learn follow-up meetings at Ann Arbor's four other middle schools next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more, view the video summary of the <em>Listen and Learn</em> report</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" src="http://www.schooltube.com/embed/151559512d5e4dc69bad" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="500"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:32:02 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40913 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents and Teachers Praise Superintendent for Listen and Learn Report Ann Arbor School Board Approves New Programs for the Fall http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-approves-new-programs-fall <p>The Ann Arbor School Board has approved a package of program enhancements designed to attract more students particularly to underutilized schools.&nbsp;</p><p>The changes include co-locating Roberto Clemente and Ann Arbor Tech High; a K-8 science, technology, engineering, arts, and math program at Northside Elementary; and new pre-k programs at Allen and Thurston Elementary.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the next step is creating committees of staff, students, and community members to develop the detailed action plans for each new program.&nbsp;</p><p>School board president Deb Mexicotte says the programs are designed to keep costs down but it's still a calculated risk that the new options will attract more students.&nbsp;</p><p>The programs are designed to respond to some of the most common concerns raised by community members during the Listen and Learn tour.<br /><br />There has been positive community feedback about the Pre-K programs at Allen and Thurston and the STEAM program for Northside Elementary.&nbsp; Several Roberto Clemente supporters however told the board they have concerns about what will happen when they move into the same building as Ann Arbor Tech.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:50:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40859 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Approves New Programs for the Fall Ann Arbor School Board Tells Superintendent to Bring Forward Proposed Program Enhancements http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-tells-superintendent-bring-forward-proposed-program-enhancements <p>The Ann Arbor School Board has asked administrators to move ahead with a series of program enhancements for the next school year in an effort to better fill the district’s buildings.</p><p>The improvements include a K-8 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program at Northside Elementary, pre-school programs at Allen and Thurston Elementary Schools, and co-location of a variety of alternative High School programs at the Stone School building.</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the programs came from community comments raised during her Listen and Learn tour and staff did enough prep work so they can be ready this fall.</p><p>The board is expected to get more complete reports on the program enhancements at their meeting next week and could vote on them with two weeks.</p><p>School Board President Deb Mexicotte says the quick turn-around should work since the controversial issues like co-locating Roberto Clemente and Ann Arbor Tech have been worked on by the district over the last few years.&nbsp; She says most of the other changes come directly from what the community asked for repeatedly during the Listen and Learn tour.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mexicotte says the district is finding ways to respond quickly to community needs without additional funding.</p><p>The programs were part of seven next steps Superintendent Jeanice Swift made as part of her report on the listen and learn tour.&nbsp; Swift gave her initial report on the tour at the board retreat.&nbsp; The report will be available online at the district’s website Friday and Swift will hold public meetings to get feedback starting Tuesday at Clague Middle School.</p><p>At the retreat the board also worked on establishing board and superintendent goals, and discussed the superintendent evaluation.</p><p>Mexicotte says it’s great to see that the program enhancements being considered work toward achieving many of the board’s goals.&nbsp; She says this shows the board’s goals are aligned with want the community wants to see from the district.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:34:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40523 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Hears Initial Report From Superintendent Swift on Listen and Learn Tour http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-hears-initial-report-superintendent-swift-listen-and-learn-tour <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift has given the school board an initial report from her Listen and Learn tour. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:05:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40495 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Hears Initial Report From Superintendent Swift on Listen and Learn Tour Ann Arbor School Board Votes to Open 750 School of Choice Seats for 2014-15 School Year http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-votes-open-750-school-choice-seats-2014-15-school-year <p>Up to 5% of Ann Arbor Public Schools students in the fall could be coming to the district from other school districts in Washtenaw County.&nbsp; The school board Wednesday night voted unanimously to open 750 school of choice seats for out of district students.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the jump in school of choice seats is one of several efforts to better fill the district's classrooms.<br /><br />The district has increased the number of school of choice students attending in each of the last four years, but never has filled all of the available seats.&nbsp;</p><p>To help fill the spaces this year the district is planning a marketing campaign and district officials hope having spaces in all grades except the last two years of high school will help attract families with multiple children.</p><p>School of choice applications will be accepted March third through April first.&nbsp; From Friday through February 14th the district will accept applications for in-district school of choice for students who don't want to attend the school where they live.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:32:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40276 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Catalog of Online Classes Approved http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-catalog-online-classes-approved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Public Schools will offer over 225 online classes to middle school and high school students this semester.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The school board Wednesday night approved the district's virtual academy's catalog, and also approved opening ten seats in one algebra class to students from other districts.&nbsp;</p><p>School board member Christine Stead says new state laws regarding online learning are yet another unfunded mandate, but the district is working to make the best of the changes.<br /><br />District officials are hoping to learn a lot from offering the single algebra class to students from other districts.&nbsp; They expect to have many more online classes available to students from other districts in the fall.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says with the uncertainties around new state laws about online classes every district in Michigan is facing similar challenges.<br /><br />The deadline for registering for online classes this semester is January 22nd with classes starting one week later.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:26:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40275 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents Hopeful for Return of Tuition Based Pre-School http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-parents-hopeful-return-tuition-based-pre-school <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary"> <meta name="twitter:site" content="@WEMU891"> <meta name="twitter:creator" content="@ACluleyWEMU"> <meta name="og:image" content="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wemu/files/201308/423122_254465751302777_129335343_a.jpg"> <meta name="og:description" content="As a cost cutting measure Ann Arbor Public Schools closed tuition based pre-school programs at Allen and Thurston Elementary for the current school year. A"> <meta name="og:title" content="Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents Hopeful for Return of Tuition Based Pre-School"> <meta name="twitter:url" content="http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-parents-hopeful-return-tuition-based-pre-school"> <meta name="twitter:domain" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:iphone" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:ipad" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:id:googleplay" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:iphone" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:ipad" content=""> <meta name="twitter:app:url:googleplay" content="">As a cost cutting measure Ann Arbor Public Schools closed tuition based pre-school programs at Allen and Thurston Elementary for the current school year.&nbsp;</p><p>A group of parents however have been working with district officials to create a new pre-school program and hope the school board will begin considering the options later this month.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 07:02:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39751 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents Hopeful for Return of Tuition Based Pre-School Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Developing Report from Listen and Learn Tour http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-superintendent-developing-report-listen-and-learn-tour <p>While students are out of the classroom for the winter break, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift is working on a report from her&nbsp; four months long Listen and Learn Tour.&nbsp;</p><p>Swift attended about 90 meetings including one in every school in the district to get feedback on the common themes and patterns that are concerning the district.&nbsp; Swift says her report should serve as a good outline of issues that the district needs to tackle.<br /><br />Swift says she expects about a half dozen issues the district will be able to tackle immediately, while many others may take years to fully address.&nbsp;</p><p>Swift says the Listen and Learn tour also served as a valuable way for her to get to know about the unique story behind each neighborhood school.</p><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17.77777862548828px;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">— Andrew Cluley is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.&nbsp;Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aCluley@emich.edu" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">aCluley@emich.edu</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 22px;"> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 01:43:52 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39505 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Developing Report from Listen and Learn Tour Plante Moran to Audit Ann Arbor Schools Management Processes http://wemu.org/post/plante-moran-audit-ann-arbor-schools-management-processes <p>Early next year Ann Arbor Public Schools will have a better idea on how effective and efficient their behind the scenes business practices are.&nbsp;</p><p>The School Board last night unanimously approved a contract for up to $45,000 with Plante Moran for the audit.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says since the board originally budgeted up to $80,000&nbsp;for the audit they will be able to dig deeper into issues raised from the review or other sources.&nbsp; Swift says the audit, her Listen and Learn report, and a benchmark study comparing the district to six similar districts should all be completed in late January or early February.&nbsp; She says this will give the district a good 360 degree look at the health and overall function of the district.<br /> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:57:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38891 at http://wemu.org AAPS Superintendent Talks Transition to E-Textbooks http://wemu.org/post/aaps-superintendent-talks-transition-e-textbooks <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools are working on reducing the load students have in their backpacks.&nbsp; The move to online textbooks either through iPads, laptops, or desktop computers will reduce the need to carry books to and from schools.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says some of the recently adopted textbooks already have online options available and the district wants to expand their use before a complete move to online textbooks.&nbsp; Swift says the bulk of the transition to e-textbooks won't happen for a couple of years.&nbsp; She says the delay will give time for new textbooks to be developed specifically to meet the common core curriculum.<br /><br />&nbsp;Swift says she doesn't think paper textbooks will ever be completely eliminated but could become an extra feature that costs more.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:54:43 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38311 at http://wemu.org AAPS Superintendent Talks Transition to E-Textbooks Number of Spots Ann Arbor Will Take for County-wide High School Options Still Uncertain http://wemu.org/post/number-spots-ann-arbor-will-take-county-wide-high-school-options-still-uncertain <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools have still not determined how much they will participate in three county-wide high school options.&nbsp; The school board last night postponed a vote until next week's study session on how many seats they will use in the Early College Alliance, Washtenaw International High School, and Widening Advancement for Youth.&nbsp; The delay comes with Ann Arbor Schools wanting to use many fewer seats than the consortium has allocated to the district.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says much of the confusion has been blamed on the superintendent transition, but she believes both parties are to blame for the communications issues.&nbsp; Swift recommended the district use 80 seats total in the ECA and Wi-Hi and 15 for WAY.&nbsp; The allocation approved by the consortium last month would give Ann Arbor 80 new seats in the ECA&nbsp; alone, and a straight lottery for Wi-Hi.</p><p>David Dugger is the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Director of Secondary Options.&nbsp; Dugger says the other consortium members&nbsp; in October opted to continue to use a straight lottery for Wi-Hi and a proportional system to assign slots to the ECA.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:31:18 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37710 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Audited Budget Shows Less Use of Fund Balance Than Expected http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-audited-budget-shows-less-use-fund-balance-expected <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools used less fund balance last year than approved in the final budget.&nbsp; The School Board last night received a briefing on the 2013 fiscal year budget audit.&nbsp; The audit shows the district used $7.2 million dollars in fund balance, compared to projections of up to $9.8 million.</p><p></p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says halting furniture and most equipment purchases, travel restrictions, and other measures starting in March saved about $1.5 million.&nbsp;&nbsp; Swift says many of these restrictions are back in place following student enrollment numbers not reaching projections in September. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:24:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37709 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Audited Budget Shows Less Use of Fund Balance Than Expected Work Begins for Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent http://wemu.org/post/work-begins-ann-arbor-schools-new-superintendent <p>Jeanice Swift is on the job. Swift is the newly hired Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the districts teachers and staff began the new academic year on Tuesday with an opening day ceremony.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:23:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 34200 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent Gets Five-Year Contract http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-new-superintendent-gets-five-year-contract <p>The new Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public School District will be on the job for the start of the new academic year.&nbsp;</p><p>As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night approved a five-year contract for the former Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:42:33 +0000 Andrew Cluley 33639 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent Gets Five-Year Contract Ann Arbor School Board Chooses District Superintendent http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-chooses-district-superintendent <p>Perhaps the second time is the charm. After being rejected by its first choice for district Superintendent, the Ann Arbor Board of Education has offered the job to the other finalist. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Jeanice Swift was offered the position yesterday and has agreed to enter contract negotiations.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:00:49 +0000 Andrew Cluley 32983 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Next Step In Superintendent Search http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-consider-next-step-superintendent-search <p>The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will meet Wednesday afternoon to determine how to proceed in the search for a new district Superintendent.</p><p>As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board could go in a couple of different directions.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:29:50 +0000 Andrew Cluley 32931 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board To Select New Superintendent http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-select-new-superintendent <p>Earlier this week, the two finalists for the position of Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools toured the district, went through a second round of interviews and attended public forums to answer community questions. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, by the end of the day the school board is expected to have made its decision.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:48:27 +0000 Andrew Cluley 32416 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board To Select New Superintendent