Ann Arbor Public Schools are working on reducing the load students have in their backpacks. The move to online textbooks either through iPads, laptops, or desktop computers will reduce the need to carry books to and from schools.
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. Swift says the bulk of the transition to e-textbooks won't happen for a couple of years. She says the delay will give time for new textbooks to be developed specifically to meet the common core curriculum.
Swift says she doesn't think paper textbooks will ever be completely eliminated but could become an extra feature that costs more.
As Ann Arbor Public Schools officials look to again address a projected budget shortfall for next school year they are also gathering information on a possible new revenue source. An ad-hoc committee is collecting information on a possible recreation millage.
School Board member Glenn Nelson says determining what this type of millage can be used for will be a first step. He says checking with some area districts on how they use a recreation millage will be a valuable resource. Nelson says the committee should have a report ready for the full school board by the middle of January. He says they would then have the background details needed to consider a recreation millage compared to other options such as trying again on a county-wide enhancement millage.
The committee should have a report by the middle of January so a recreation millage request could be considered among other options when the budget discussions really get going in earnest. Nelson says a recreation millage wouldn't be able to directly fund core academic programs, but it could free up money that's currently funding other programs.
Ann Arbor Public Schools will continue to have a dedicated source of funding for facility maintenance and upgrades.
Voters approved a five year continuation of the sinking fund millage yesterday. The one-mill tax was approved by over 80 percent of voters.
School Board Member Glenn Nelson says the sinking fund is an important piece of the overall budget. He says without the millage the shape of schools would have been reduced and instruction would have suffered as well. Nelson says the community has once again invested in education and the area's future. He says the sinking fund millage is an education tax that completely remains in the district.
Un-official election results have Saline Township voters saying "yes" to a road maintenance millage renewal. The one-mil issue generates revenue to take care of the township's gravel non-primary roads.
School district voters appeared generous with their support Tuesday, approving an operational millage renewal for Saline Area Schools. Ann Arbor schools voters also approved a sinking fund millage renewal.
Officials in the Ann Arbor Public Schools are hoping to quickly work out a contract with the Board of Education's choice for district Superintendent. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board last Friday, voted unanimously to offer the job to Brian Osborne. Osborne is currently Superintendent of New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood School District.
Members of the Ann Arbor Board of Education have just over 24-hours to consider whom they prefer to serve as the districts next Superintendent of Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the second and last finalist last night met with the community at a public forum.
The Ann Arbor Board of Education is set to interview six semi-finalists for the districts Superintendent position. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board last night finalized most of the remaining plans for the selection process.
The Ann Arbor school board has received a lot of input on what the community is looking for in the district's next superintendent. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, input has come in online, and through a series of small group meetings Wednesday.
There has been no shortage of input from the community at public forums on the Ann Arbor School District's budget proposal. The latest hearing was held Tuesday night at Pioneer High school. The budget proposal calls for eight-point-seven million dollars in cuts for the upcoming academic year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, attendees are also suggesting ways to enhance district revenue.