Christine Stead

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.


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.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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If annexation is approved, a combined Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School district would become the 4th largest in the state.  Just over a month ago, the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School Boards held a joint meeting to start talks about possible annexation.  We'll likely know after a meeting Wednesday night at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School if a plan will be put before voters this fall to move forward with combining the districts.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Ann Arbor Public Schools leaders get a chance to present funding concerns to the state board of education this week.  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.  

  

Ann Arbor Public Schools will offer over 225 online classes to middle school and high school students this semester. 

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. 

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.

District officials are hoping to learn a lot from offering the single algebra class to students from other districts.  They expect to have many more online classes available to students from other districts in the fall. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says with the uncertainties around new state laws about online classes every district in Michigan is facing similar challenges.

The deadline for registering for online classes this semester is January 22nd with classes starting one week later.

The Ann Arbor School Board is maintaining the same leadership positions as last year. 

The board held its organizational meeting Wednesday night and President Deb Mexicotte was unanimously re-elected.  Christine Stead will remain vice-president, Andy Thomas continues as secretary, and Glenn Nelson is still the treasurer. 

Mexicotte says with the new superintendent in place and program changes to be considered the board wanted to maintain some stability in an area that's working well.

The board also made no changes to standing committee assignments.  However the future of an ad-hoc committee investigating options around a possible recreation millage is up in the air after they present their report in two weeks.

Ann Arbor Public Schools will use almost one-point-two million dollars in reserves to balance next year's budget.  as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board early this morning approved the district budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.