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“This is a school that’s bursting at the seams and is going to be growing, and we’re planning for that growth because people want to go there,” says Trustee Andy Thomas.
“Unless the board changes and unless there is a compelling need to do so, leadership stability is important to the continuation of our governance structure, continuation of our efforts and initiatives in conjunction with administration. I think it also speaks to the fact that this board functions very well as a team,” says Board President Deb Mexicotte.
“When I see kindergarten class sizes, and we have 81 percent under 23 students in the class, that’s spectacular, it’s really spectacular in today’s day and environment and the cost pressures, that we are consistently under. I think it truly reflects Ann Arbor’s priority in the best student experience,” says School Board Member Donna Lasinski.
“There are only a handful of mechanisms whereby local communities can decide to increase the investment in public education and this is one of those opportunities,” says WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel.
“I want to keep encouraging you all to create the plethora of programs that you offer, there’s nothing more exciting, even in our house, to get the actual magazine and thumb through it and see what’s available,” says School Board Member Simone Lightfoot.
“For example the report did not say, gee, you have three elementary schools that are way under capacity you really need to think about closing one, or two, or perhaps all three of those schools. There is also nothing in here that addresses redistricting or the need to redistrict to align things,” School Board Member Andy Thomas says highlighting some of the recommendations the district doesn’t need to consider at this time.
“You should be really proud about the significant enrollment increases, that’s the size of a middle school over two years, and we’re not seeing that elsewhere,” Plante and Moran’s Laura Claeys told the Board of Education.
Superintendent Jeanice Swift says a key purpose of the report was to answer one question, “Are the individuals on our AAPS staff mirroring the student composition?”
While the stronger economy has made it more challenging for school systems across the country to find enough substitute teachers, there is also a challenge unique to Michigan. A 2010 change in state law eliminated one of the best pools of candidates for substitute teachers, recently retired teachers.
“We have a higher standard of care for our students that we willingly embrace and fiercely defend – that of maintaining the safest educational environment – an environment in which guns simply have no place,” says School Board President Deb Mexicotte.
“By almost every measure including the top to bottom list, Ann Arbor was achieving especially for our underrepresented minority students, especially for those who are socio-economically challenged that was being recognized by state and national organizations and state and national governments,” School Board President Deb Mexicotte explains.
“This report is critical to staff, as soon as the survey closes we start to get questions from them about when they will get the data,” says Executive Director of Elementary Education Dawn Linden.
“We don’t look at it like it’s a choice whether we’ll be ready or not, I mean we have to. I mean all these kids have to be picked up safely, delivered to and from school, and ready to learn on time,” says Durham School Services Regional Vice President Brad Tate.
Dr. Scott Westerman stands in front of the building that will be renamed in his honor. Photos by Jo Mathis. Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Scott Westerman says he’s …
By Andrew Cluley Communications Specialist Security upgrades were one of the highlights in the 2015 Ann Arbor Public Schools Bond issue. Voters overwhelmingly passed the $33 million bond proposal in May, and the School Board …