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.
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.
A plan to charge Ann Arbor high school students a $100 fee to take an optional 7th hour class has been dropped. The Board of Education last night voted unanimously to drop the fee for the coming academic year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board is sending the fee proposal back to its planning committee for further review.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Ann Arbor Public Schools over a plan to charge students $100 per semester to take seventh-hour classes. The ACLU said it filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of two high school students, saying the fees violate the Michigan Constitution. ACLU Michigan Director Kary Moss says students "should not be forced to pay the price for budget shortfalls." She says the constitution makes it clear that "public education should be as free as the air we breathe." District spokeswoman Liz Margolis says school officials haven't yet received the complaint an
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.
The Ann Arbor School Board continues to contemplate how to make nearly nine-million dollars in further budget reductions for next school year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, one program that continues to be a primary focus is the reading intervention program.
The Superintendent search is underway in the Ann Arbor School District and applications are beginning to roll in. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, district officials are gathering public input before any interviews are conducted.
There will be three occasions next fiscal year for which the Ann Arbor Public schools will have to borrow money to cover payroll costs. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night passed as resolution authorizing establishment of a line of credit of up to 10-million dollars.
The Ann Arbor school district will once more be looking for a new superintendent. After less than two years on the job, Superintendent Pat Green has announced she will retire after the end of the school year. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
As part of the timeline for developing a budget for the next school year, small groups of Ann Arbor school board members will meet with community members in dialogue sessions. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor's public school administration is again recommending that the Roberto Clemete alternative program can be successfully relocated to Pioneer High School. The school board rejected the move last year, but it's being considered again as the district deals with a projected budget deficit. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
The Ann Arbor school board has approved a resolution asking Washtenaw County's Prosecutor to re-evaluate the degree of criminalization of adolescent behaviors he's making in connection with the fight following last fall's Pioneer - Huron football game. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.
Ann Arbor's Skyline high school students, parents, and teachers say the school's trimester schedule is an important part of Skyline's culture. They spoke out against a possible switch to semesters at Wednesday night's school board meeting. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
A working group of Ann Arbor public schools officials and community members has come up with four recommendations to serve as a basis for further talks on district transportation issues. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.