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Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The Ann Arbor School Board says goodbye to over 20 years of experience tonight.  


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Ann Arbor Public Schools families likely can put down the pen and paper when they go to register for next school year. 


Christine Stead and Donna Lasinski
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have two new faces in January as a result of yesterday's election.  It's unclear how this will impact the board moving forward.


Patricia Ashford Manley
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Four of the seven seats on the Ann Arbor School Board will be decided by the results of next week's election.  Nine candidates are actively campaigning for the positions and I interviewed them all.  Patricia Ashford Manley is the focus of today's final report.


Donna Lasinski
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Ann Arbor Public Schools voters have plenty of candidates to choose from as they fill four of the seven seats on the school board in next week's election.  While I am interviewing all nine candidates actively running, today's report is on Donna Lasinski.


Hunter Van Valkenburgh
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Hunter Van Valkenburgh is the focus of today's report.


Jeffery Harrold
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I'm interviewing all of the candidates, Jeffery Harrold is the focus of today's report.


Don Wilkerson
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will interview all of the candidates, Don Wilkerson is the focus of today's report.


Roland Zullo
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Roland Zullo is the focus of today's report.


Jack Panitch
Jack Panitch

The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Jack Panitch is the focus of today's report.


Christine Stead
Christine Stead

The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Christine Stead is the focus of today's report.


Susan Baskett
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Susan Baskett is the focus of today's report.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Next month's election could dramatically change the appearance of the Ann Arbor School Board.  Four of the seven seats are up for election, and the board will have at least two new faces as Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan aren't seeking re-election.  Voters get a chance to meet the candidates tonight.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

No one can be certain what direction the Ann Arbor Board of Education may take after the November Election. We do know there will be some new representation. There are 10- candidates seeking to fill four available school seats. An outgoing trustee  plans to pay close attention to the race.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In lieu of state funds, Ann Arbor Public Schools will charge almost $15,000 tuition for some non-residents. The school board approved the maximum tuition the state allows for students that missed schools of choice enrollment or aren't eligible.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Additional students, a freeze on employee pay, and outsourcing custodial work are keys to Ann Arbor Public Schools having a balanced budget for next year.  The school board approved the $197 million general fund plan early Thursday morning.  


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.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Whitmore Lake Public Schools has a small fund balance and only plans to open two buildings in the fall, which could make the district ripe for  state take-over.  A possible alternative now being studied is annexation by Ann Arbor Public Schools.  


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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has approved hiring company to run its custodial services starting in July.  The Ann Arbor News reports 114 custodians will no longer be employees of the district as of June 30. Crew chiefs also would be laid off. 

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Families could soon have the option of paying tuition to have their children attend Ann Arbor Public Schools.  


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Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the district will innovate its way through next year’s budget.  The school board began budget discussions Wednesday night with a work session.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are looking to create a k-12 International Baccalaureate program.  The plan would use Mitchell Elementary, Scarlett Middle, and Huron High Schools. 

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The Ann Arbor School Board has approved a package of program enhancements designed to attract more students particularly to underutilized schools. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

The programs are designed to respond to some of the most common concerns raised by community members during the Listen and Learn tour.

There has been positive community feedback about the Pre-K programs at Allen and Thurston and the STEAM program for Northside Elementary.  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.

The Ann Arbor School Board continues to do preliminary work on studying increasing revenues through some type of a millage.

An Ann Arbor School Board Ad-hoc committee says a rec and ed millage would provide the district the ability to offer additional non-credit programs, but not shift much money from the general fund.   School board member Glenn Nelson says the rec and ed millage would be valuable in terms of offering non-credit programs that compliment other programs.  He says it would be particularly valuable for early-childhood education where a four day program could become a five day program with a recreation program on the extra day.

The board also created a new ad-hoc committee to do a similar analysis of a county-wide enhancement millage and an increase in the special education millage.  Both of these efforts would require county-wide support while the rec and ed millage would likely raise less money but only require support from district voters.

The report on an enhancement millage and an increase to the special education millage are due in mid-March when the board will discuss what if any millage question they might want to put on the ballot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  She says most of the other changes come directly from what the community asked for repeatedly during the Listen and Learn tour.   Mexicotte says the district is finding ways to respond quickly to community needs without additional funding.

The programs were part of seven next steps Superintendent Jeanice Swift made as part of her report on the listen and learn tour.  Swift gave her initial report on the tour at the board retreat.  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.

At the retreat the board also worked on establishing board and superintendent goals, and discussed the superintendent evaluation.

Mexicotte says it’s great to see that the program enhancements being considered work toward achieving many of the board’s goals.  She says this shows the board’s goals are aligned with want the community wants to see from the district.

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