Liz Margolis

Education
5:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Schools Considering Annexation

Credit 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.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Public Schools potentially annexing Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

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Education
9:37 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Again Offering Schools of Choice Seats

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Through June 2nd parents from across Washtenaw County can again apply for schools of choice seats in Ann Arbor Public Schools.  The district has gained about 600 students for next school year, but still hasn't filled all of the 750 choice slots initially offered.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Public Schools holding a second application period for schools of choice seats.
   
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Education
7:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools To Send Schools Of Choice Notifications By Early Next Week

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials say they are pleased with the number of schools of choice and young fives applications the district received.  The exact number of applicants won’t be released until next week after all of the applications have been processed and seats are filled.  

Director of Communications Liz Margolis says they have to let parents know by Tuesday or Wednesday the status of applications.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Director of Communications Liz Margolis discusses how schools of choice applicants will be notified of their status.

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Education
4:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered

Standard and Poor’s has lowered the Ann Arbor Public Schools credit rating from AA-Plus to A-Plus.  The downgrade came after the district used more reserves than originally anticipated this fiscal year. 

Communications Director Liz Margolis says it’s the second downgrade in the last couple of years, but they shouldn’t continue.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Director of Communications Liz Margolis discusses why further credit rating downgrades aren't anticipated.

In a statement Superintendent Jeanice Swift says they have in place a solid financial plan to improve fiscal stability.  Swift highlights efforts to increase revenue through attracting more students while also taking steps to decrease expenditures without reducing services for students.  She believes these moves will help the district begin to rebuild fund balance within a reasonable time.

According to Margolis efforts to increase enrollment appear to be working and the district should be able to increase fund equity next year.  She believes this combined with contract concessions the district is working on should lead to higher credit ratings.  Margolis adds since the district has no plans to sell bonds now she doesn't anticipate an immediate financial impact from the credit downgrade.

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Education
1:29 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Thieves Steal Computers From Two Ann Arbor High Schools in Break-Ins

Credit Andrew Cluley

Thieves stole computers and equipment out of the media centers at a pair of Ann Arbor High Schools Monday night.  

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Community
8:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools to Start Accepting Schools of Choice Apps Monday

Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are excited to kick off their largest ever Schools of Choice effort.  Monday the district will begin accepting applications to fill up to 750 slots. 

Communications Director Liz Margolis says they’ve carefully looked at current and projected enrollments. After studying these projections they've made seats available for nearly every grade in all of the district's schools.  The district however isn't accepting high school juniors and seniors.

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Education
2:09 am
Thu February 13, 2014

School Districts Following Up After Count Day

School Districts across Michigan including Washtenaw County are working to find and verify all students that missed school Wednesday.  That's because the February count day is the basis for ten percent of per-pupil funding.  The bulk of state aid is based on the fall count day.  

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