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May 6, 2015
Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community,
Thank you for your strong vote of confidence for our Ann Arbor Public Schools in the 2015 Bond Proposal Election yesterday.
We appreciate the overwhelming support of our community, evident in a 73% YES vote, approving a much-needed infusion of school resources at no increase in the current 2.45 millage rate for our AAPS taxpayers.
Our current students as well as future students will benefit from the secure entrance upgrades, new playgrounds, buses, musical instruments, performing arts improvements, improved athletic fields and renewal of the classroom environment through the updating of classroom furniture. This bond proposal will remodel, equip, and furnish existing school buildings and will benefit all schools in the district.
This infusion of resources will significantly improve the face of our district, overall, and the learning and working experience that our children, staff, and families experience every day in our schools. Functional and well-maintained schools are a clear indicator of the health and vibrancy of a community. In Ann Arbor, we are fortunate to live in a community that values a quality education.
We are excited to begin the process of implementing this new bond and will be issuing public invitations for students, teachers, parents, and community members to serve on advisory teams to participate in the process of studying, planning, developing recommendations, and implementing each of the improvement areas over the coming months. Those who may be interested in serving on one of these advisory groups should watch for an upcoming invitation.
Strong communities are the basis of quality public schools. I know that we are proud of our amazing students, our beautiful school buildings, and the important role they play in our vibrant Ann Arbor community.
Again, thank you for this strong vote of support for our Ann Arbor children, staff, and the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Jeanice Kerr Swift
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools