Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education Meeting - December 16

AAPS December 16 Board of Education Meeting

On December 16, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education held their last regular meeting of 2020. You can watch the meeting live on Zoom or on Xfinity Channel 18. The district typically posts the recording split into segments the day after the meeting.


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Summary

Note: I missed a few sections of the meeting. My husband received news of a COVID exposure during the meeting and we needed to speak a few times.

Before the meeting was a Farewell Reception for Trustees Lightfoot and Nelson. After 11 years on the Board, Trustee Lightfoot decided not to run for reelection. After previously serving on the board, Trustee Nelson re-joined the Board in 2020 to fill out the term of Trustee Mitchell who resigned in January.

The district reviewed the current status of virtual learning. Engagement remains high. Additional devices have been deployed and 80 families have been connected to the internet via sponsorship of the Comcast Essentials package with the 30 more families in process. The Sora Digital Library has been rolled out and myOn is being used in younger grades. Currently Washtenaw County is still rated E by the Department of Health’s COVID statistics. The district recommended remaining virtual which the Board confirmed.

The district reviewed the 2020 enrollment numbers. As expected this year, enrollment is down about 3% (547 students). The largest drop of students (~30% of the total drop) is seen in Y5 & Kindergarten. Nationwide schools are seeing a decrease in enrollment in Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. There is also a significant drop in enrollment of new students from outside the county. It will likely require a multiple year effort to recover particularly if we end up with a large bubble of kindergarteners next year that will persist through their school years.

The board voted to approve the 2019 Bond Phase I Proposal as presented last week. This is just an approval to move forward with the plan and information sessions. It is not committing money yet. The board voted to purchase new Food Service Carts as presented last week. They also accepted a donation of 2000 window face masks from Underground Printing.


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Farewell Reception

When I logged on to take notes on the meeting, my website was down and I spent time trying to get the website up. Because of this, I did not take notes on the reception.

Trustee Nelson and Lightfoot are leaving the board. They opted not to run again in 2020 and will be replaced at the January Board Meetings by new members elected in November.

I thank Trustee Lightfoot for her 11 years of service and Trustee Nelson for stepping up to fill a board vacancy in 2020.

Call to Order

After the reception, there was a brief recess before the meeting started.

Attendees

The meeting was attended by:

Board: Johnson, Kelly, Lazarus, Nelson, Gaynor, Lightfoot, Baskett

Board Assistant: Ms Osinski

AAPS: Swift, Cluley, Linden, Berger


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Public Commentary

Public Commentary is available on Board Docs. Letters submitted as public commentary are often read quickly and truncated to fit in the allotted time. Sharing the link to the posted public commentary means they are reported in a more complete and accurate manner – and without me having to guess at name spellings or paraphrasing to keep up with the pace they are read at.

It also allowed me to get the website running and catch up with the prior parts of the meeting and adding the agenda outline.

Clarifications

Clarifications and response from the Board & Dr Swift.

My apologies – during the last public commentary my husband interrupted to let me know he had just been informed of a COVID exposure at work. I had to step away from the meeting for a few minutes to discuss with my family.

Reports of Associations

My apologies – during the last public commentary my husband interrupted to let me know he had just been informed of a COVID exposure at work. I had to step away from the meeting for a few minutes to discuss with my family.

Board President’s Report

My apologies – during the last public commentary my husband interrupted to let me know he had just been informed of a COVID exposure at work. I had to step away from the meeting for a few minutes to discuss with my family. Good news is his positive test contact had the rapid PCR test with same day results.

I returned as he was asking if there were any additional questions or commentary.


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Information

Update: Extended Continuity of Learning Plan/Reimagine Learning

Swift: The district is waiting for the opening to bring students back starting with the youngest and most in need.

I’ve received criticism that looks oat online class are trying to say it is perfect. That is not the intention. It is not perfect.

Tonight’s will include 2 way communication rates. NWEA and report cards will be coming in January. We will be looking at those metrics when they are available.

AAPS is continuing to wrap supports around students, staff, and families with social workers, intervention specialists, counselors. They continue to prepare school buildings for readiness with water testing and flushing over the winter break holiday. All of elementary touchless features are completed. They continue to monitor the data for the community.

Return is the shared goal. A decision has not been made to stay fully virtual for the school year. (Apologies, I just remembered something I needed to address about my husband’s exposure and stepped away)

Refine supports for students with specialized learning needs – IEP, 504, english language learners. Recovery services are continuing. and will continue over medium and long range.

Food service continues. Rec & Ed Free PK-8 programs wrapped up today and will continue in January.

Equity Work: A more comprehensive update after the first of the year. Work centers around the 5 pillars, systems, leadership, culture, classroom, and community.

Many members of AAPS are engaged in national and county and local level professional development around building capacity for leadership with equity. The Responsive Teaching Institute with Dr Gholdy Muhammed, Dr Bettina Love, and Dr Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz. Leading with Equity National AASA Cohort with Dr Bryant Marks, Dr Pedro Noguera, and Dr Dennis Carpenter.

Pillar 4: School & Classroom Practices – Includes ways they are providing support through devices and internet.

Linden: 2 Way interaction. Last week was 94% engagement by district. higher at middle and high school than elementary school.

Our daily attendance is stricter than state requirement. 88%+ across all grades. Middle school at 93%, high school at 85%.

The Sora Overdrive digital library provides family access to great books to read at home. The Sora Overdrive Digital Library had a parent access training session last night. It was recorded if you missed it. I know my high schooler has been reading books on Sora.

Family Supports Connecting Together groups continue to meet on the 2nd Tuesday (7:30-8:30p) and 4th Thursday (1=2p) after breaks.

There are now 80 families connected with Comcast Essential Sponsorship connections. They ahve also distributed another 20 or so devices. Still workign with 30 families for Comcast Essential Sponsorship.


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myOn used by K-5 during school day for guided reading and workshop and also lesiure reading. There have been 8361 students who have read 66,997 books totaling 18,439 hours.

Sora has had 11,164 students with 33608 eBooks and audiobooks opened. There have been 22058 of reading.

Highlight of PLTW – Mr Rod Cupit – PLTW teacher at Huron High School showing a selfie-stick assembly. and 7th grade band at Scarlett playing DragonFire.

While we are proud of the hard work of our teachers, we now there is work to do and support families.

We are still at a high positivity rate in Washtenaw County, Region 1 and Michigan. There has been some improvement, but we are still at level E on December 16. Additional concerns about adequate contact tracing. At this time it cannot occur comprehensively. The public health supports are currently strained. They are also challenged by obtaining readily available tests. Local and state public health experts still worry about strain on hospital capacity – not just number of beds but staffing concerns. They anticipate that continuing through December. It is a recommendation to remain in virtual learning and monitor these areas.

Next steps: AAPS reviews public health metrics review with BOE at least once a week, posting/updating AAPS dashboard weekly. Once overall metrics are safe begin transition to in-school learning. AAPS team will brief the board, AAPS team, and share information with parents & community. AAPS team will monitor that numbers hold.

Next steps for all – wear a mask, watch your distance, avoid gatherings & crowds, wash your hands.

Superintendent’s update: There are signs of hope with vaccines and But COVID-19 is not over and rates of positivity and infection remain high. We will continue to work vigorously to support students, staff, & Families in virtual learning, enhancing & strengthening supports with specialized learning needs and all students with needs. We continue to work vigorously to remain prepared in all areas to bring students back.

Trustee Questions

Gaynor: Dr Swift covered anything I could ask I’ve had many conversations with community members,. As Dr Swift said cases are starting to go down but rates are still high.


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Johnson: About the leadership capacity slide of the Equity plan, how many teachers participate in this and what is the strategy to share what is being learned in these sessions.

Swift: I actually have asked to get that number. It is facilitated through the WISD, so we personally don’t have the data in our hands and will followup. When I’m in the sessions and I look at all the squares we are the dominant group int hat huge setting. It is many many teachers. the equity team continues to meet We are looking forward to bringing updates back to planning with some updates to the plan in the new year. Part of that update is how do we perpetuate the work that is going on. One way we find tit perpetuate is through the teacher learning networks that are going on now. Ad sharing it person to person, team to team. They are sharing and practices are growing. We are asking to implement a more fundamental way that the work gets shared is one of our metrics.

Linden: It is a county wide effort. The work the teachers are doing together is reflecting on instructional practices and biases and ways to promote equity.

Swift; Ann Arbor and Ypsi are the two biggest group. The question we’re working on is not just how to share it but how to systemize the sharing of it. That is our driving force. Not just that it be shared by accident but to have a design for the sharing.

Johnson: I wish we would have had more time to listen to the band. In the library to check out books, how do you measure how many hours of reading students are doing. 

Linden: The books are read through the app & system, so however long the book is open before they finish it is how it is measured.

2020 Enrollment Annual Report

These are the audited numbers after count day in October. Count Day was more like a month this year with additional steps that the state required to ensure our count was accurate. A big shout out to teachers because there were additional steps this year for the rpeport.

Certainly enrollment is reduced across the country. We see that pattern occurring. One of the questions we bring is how does our reality compare to others. We will be looking at headcount. On the finance committee we also look at FTE – Full Time Equivalent. This is the actual number of children being served by AAPS.

  • 17407 in Y5-12 Capmuses
  • 470 Preschool
  • 17874 Total
  • 547 student drop since 19-20.
  • 525-550 drop was anticipated
  • About a 3% drop in enrollment
  • High School is about 44 student drop
  • Middle School is about 50 student drop
  • Elementary is 453 student drop

Inside that change at elementary a significant percentage is at the Y5 & K year. About 30% of the overall change of enrollment, 40% of elementary change is in Y5 & K. By all accounts are waiting a year to join in AAPS which is a trend across the country.


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  • 49.1% Caucasian
  • 19% Mutli-Ethnic
  • 13.7 African American
  • 13.7% Asian
  • 3% Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.2% Middle Eastern

The demographic breakdown is fairly similar across ages. There is a lower Hispanic & African American in Y5s but higher mutli-ethnicity.

Across the district:

  • 1/8 is Special Needs IEP
  • 1/4.5* homes impacted by poverty
  • 1/11 Language other than English is first spoken
  • We believe this is lower than reality because form does not need to be filled out for free and reduced price lunch. Right now we have emergency food status the form has not been required. We are encouraging families to get the form filled out. Other designations are based on that number.

Ms Linden has served on a national early learning leadership group and has looked at national trends for Y5/K/1st grade where parents have chosen with COVID to wait or do additional preschool. She will share some there.

There are 179 students less this year than last year. We will have to prepare for this in 2021-2022.

Linden: We are seeing parents choose to wait to enroll. Hard to call it a drop as these are new families coming to us. We’ve particularly seen it at Y5s – 353 in 2019 vs 283 in 2020. That’s a 20% enrollment drop. About an 8% decline in Kindergarten – 104 students. A little over 10% drop in Y5/K. We are actually in better shape than many other areas. Washington state is down 14%, Georgia is reporting 11% state wide. A Washington Post article surveyed 100 districts, 60 responded and average was 16% average enrollment decline. What this means is we have work to do to find families and make sure they get enrolled for next year. That work begins in the spring when we come back from break. We are looking for additional ways to support. We’ve had a kindergarten screener for Y5 vs K. We’re looking for more events and to have events over the summer when we could be in central locations around the district.

Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium remains very consistent. with WIHI, ECA, and WAVE. WAVE is down a bit but we are seeing those students in Pathways. WEOC is at 216, almost exactly the 2019 which was 215


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Student Mobility in AAPS community.

  • 192 arrivals from inside attendance boundaries (258 in 2019)
  • Charter arrivals is 1/2 from last year
  • Arriving from inside county has remained consistent
  • 401 new AAPS residents vs 714 in 2019
  • Arriving from outside county has dropped from 60 to 348. Significantly less in out of country and lesser from out of state.
  • 324 New Schools of Choice vs. 420 last year.
  • 88.7% Resident & Non Resident child of employees
  • 1183 Departures vs 1254 Last Year
  • Moving out of county, state, and US were much lower than 2019.
  • Home School & Private School Numbers are up

Dan Berger provided some thoughts. We are down about 547 students. 1/3 is Young 5s and Kindergarten. Anecdotally comments that people who had enrolled for K in late winter 2020 are saying doing something until AAPS is back in person. We should prepare for an influx next year.

Arrivals and departures tell a story, ball park what we usually have (about 45 less than 4 year average). The arrivals really dinged us because we had less arrivals. There were 41% less coming in from out of the area.

Swift: Despite pandemic, IB program remains fairly consistent. A2 STEAM has stabilized after it became a K-8. It is fully enrolled around 630 students.

Next Steps:

  • Ongoing COVID impact
  • High rate of mobility is nature of AAPS
  • Continue evaluate & consideration of short, mid & long term space needs particularly at elementary
  • Explore capacity planning where demand out-paces supply in Northeast, South, & South West
  • Plan to prepare for new housing developments
  • Monitor & specialize programming to balance HS enrollment
  • Evaluate space/capacity to prepare for 2021-2022 enrollment windows
  • Board Update on Growth/Development in January 2021
  • Amended enrollment process for Spring 2021 – with roundups, special program enrollment, etc.
  • Our year report is similar but tells a different story than last year. Trustees have 4 supplemental documents.

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Trustee Questions

Lightfoot: Does that mean there is a need to market to young 5s with a feeder system, it requires less marketing. Parents tell each other. On the young 5s, we will probably need to step up information and outreach?

Swift: Yes, that is exactly what our principals and leaders are thinking. Also, probably doubling and tripling of the need for the assessment. Often times parents are clear about their child’s developmental need. But there may be more parents who will ask for the check to see if Y5 or K or 1st grade is the right placement.

Linden: Yes, that is very insightful to lose the parent hand to hand information. We still have a lot of students, but we did see a 20% drop. We will update videos and everything so they are new and exciting. To be distribute din multiple ways and multiple languages.

Lightfoot: Do we have that for the older students as well?

Swift: We feel middle and high school data has been fairly consistent. It is really a lower elementary focus here. We are always doing programming nights and information session. As I talk to superintendents through the county and data across the country, we have not seen the phenomena fo the missing students. It’s just we’re giong to keep our student back and start next year, not this year.

Lightfoot: How do we feel about assessments? Are we looking at stepping up or being innovative about assessments so there is a sentiment of where they are?

Swift: We really feel like and several of our commenters felt about that to have students back to face to face as soon as possible. We know the best assessments are the yes of a professional educator on a child to see how they are progressing. We are hopeful as we move through the next weeks we can get our students in and see how they are doing. Last summer we had students with summer learning. We know we will need to do that again. And likely over the coming 3 years to continue this catch up, move up and support. Assessment is wrapped into that as well.

Lightfoot: I can see how the 8 weeks or so after the holidays would be assessments, where are you emotionally and socially. Getting ready to be prepared for next school year.

The other thing I will advocate is to look at 12-15 years of making up from PreK kids all the way through graduation and really make accommodations and adjustments. Especially our reading and math. Even in policy and how we break jobs down. These students will have challenges for years due to interruption of education.


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Kelly: Questions about the On Ramp to follow path Trustee Lightfoot. But I wasn’t to start with a question about how we count especially since count day fell on our asynchronous day. I don’t need to hear how the number crunch, but did we count the same types of students. Are we counting the same apples count every year.

Swift: Good question. Mr Berger is the guy to answer.

Berger: We counted the same apples. But in a different way. The rules were changed at the state level. The normal way is by attendance in every class. In elementary that is morning and afternoon. In secondary it’s every class. With exception if thy have an excused absence. We were able to county most students at secondary the way we usually count virtual students. There was 1 contact in a week and it had to count for 4 weeks. 

For FTE we were allowed to prorate it. You usually need all 4 week for nothing. We could prorate that this year.

Kelly: I appreciate hearing we were counting the same types of kids. Now I’d like to launch off of Trustee Lightfoot. If someone kept their little one home for fall and things look really great in spring, are we welcoming mid year arrivals

Swift: Absolutely. I apologize that I neglected to say that. If we have a promising December & January parents may want to have their child start. We always accept enrollment year round from those in the attendance area. I’m really glad you brought that up.

Kelly: Is there anything special a family has to do to enroll in public school? How do you send your child to school?

Berger: Enrollment is simply on our website. It takes you to an online form that gets the ball rolling. There’s a longer form with emergency contact and all that. For years now that has been online through InfoSnap

Linden: a2schools.org/enrollment

Kelly: That will help families determine their local school right?

All: Yes

Kelly: If a family is not quite ready to be a mid-year enrollment but is ready for fall, can they enroll in summer programming without being enrolled in June.

Swift: Yes, not only can they we would encourage it.

Kelly: I know we did cool stuff with Rec & Ed. Is there a way to turn those resources to create a kindergarten roundup type. It usually happens in March/February

Swift: It usually happens in February, this year it will probably be later.

Kelly: My first kindergartener is now a senior so it’s been awhile and why I don’t know how it’s done.

Linden: I get very excited about SafetyTown and we look forward to that being face to face. It is a place a lot of Y5 & kindergartener come together & another place we can do enrollments.

Swift: I know Ms Bacalor is on the call and I’m sure she’ll probably need to increase safety town.


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Kelly: You talked about assessing readiness and placement. What happens when there are so many children whose lives are disrupted. What happens when readiness in not commensurate with their age.

Swift: We have those conversations every year. You are right we may be having more of those this year. It’s a conversation between parents, child, principal. Along with holding back of kindergartens, I’m also hearing of parents that it’s ok to do the same year again. I haven’t seen that in Ann Arbor & I don’t now that we will. But a lot of parents are thinking bout what is the best next step for my child after this covid year. We are thinking about ti and how to organize the curricula and deepening understanding. That can happen on a very individual 

Kelly: Do we anticipate deploying the MTSS (not sure I got the right acronym) model to catch students up.

Swift: The conversation this spring will be what of these strategies and tools to provide additional supports even accompanying the in school environment.

Linden: The individualization of instruction has been happening for years especially at elementary. We use small groups to meet students where they are. 

Kelly: We talked about how there might be a bubble of Y5/K. and talked about MTSS. Earlier this year we talked about recovery services. What about staffing> We are going to need to staff up which will have an impact on the budget. Are we talking bout ti snow or starting to get our budget numbers

Swift: We are talking about it the way we always do, but even more because of what you just aid. It is one of the reasons we advocate for a federal package with line items to academic, social emotional, mental health, etc. That cannot be underestimated. We will need to do it. It isn’t just a 3 year plan. O the other side of the pandemic we need to emerge with far more supports for our children and families built in. That’s not a nice to have but a requirement.

Kelly: I appreciate the forethought. My last question: I understand we have about a 3% and how it compares to others across the country, did we look at local comparisons to our neighbors?

Swift: We actually just received that data int eh last 24 hours. I will ask Dan to do that comparison for us. I’m not sure if it’s audited yet. My proposal is for us to bring the charts and comparison to committee in January.

Kelly: That sounds great. I know we’re just reviewing our numbers so I wouldn’t necessarily expect we had data fro others on the same timeline.


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Gaynor: Thank you a couple points on the supplemental files you included. First is count day enrollment by grade. The title says it goes from 01, but it cuts off.

Berger: We’ll fix that.

Gaynor: The Young 5 students compared to total ethnicity. Is up in Caucasian but African American is down significantly. Similarly economically disadvantaged is down from 21.2% to 9.2%. It brings up the question I know we’re concerned about some students & groups not having access to internet and other concerns. Can you address this? Is it just a young 5 or spread throughout the district. Is it a question of internet? Do we know who is missing from the system.

Swift: The Y5 comparison slides were in supplemental because there is more work to be done there. The reason we had those slides is we were working on representation of Y5 programming. That’s been a case for several years. We don’t know if it’s the same pattern, COVID, or school of choice. 

Berger: That slide is a difference in Y5 vs district. It is not substantively different than last year. I don’t think it is our current situation but a longer term situation. It’s a different mix of students.

Gaynor: Can you address the families we aren’t reaching or who still don’t have internet.

Swift: We have reported on students though the 2 way communication data. I would take that as a close representation. It is up in 90s except HS has come down a bit.

Linden: HS got up to 95% this week. We’re at 94% across the district.

Swift: What we’re seeing is families are experiencing changing needs in connectivity. We’re showing how many more students we are assisting. We are continuing to add to the number of students were are supporting. It felt like 

Linden: We had 475 hot spots and 80 families with COMCAST sponsorship and 30 in the works. That’s a much more reliable internet connection than a hot spot. We’d like to see that number go up. When a student isn’t connected we ask why. If it’s internet or connectivity they’re immediately connected with IT.

Swift: How do we know who may be out there that we are not serving? You mean students who should be enrolled but are not. That’s a question we continue to follow up on. We have not seen the high numbers that you see across the country. I won’t say we don’t see that, but it is not super high. I will hold that question and try to provide insight from our school teams.


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Nelson: I want to talk about this excision about not to participate in Y5/Kindergarten. What are the rules or regulations that constrain those decisions. Is K participation required for 1st grade? Can one enter the system at any grade level if parents insist or district agrees its the right grade level.

Linden: It’s a great question. About the legalities, kindergarten is not compulsroy> They could enter 1st grade ism they are the right age. 6 by December 1 for first grade. But a family and child does not need to have finished or enter first grade . Wed developed Y5 because of families keeping children home an extra year and we wanted to provide a school experience focused on SEL and foundational skills. It really resonated with Ann Arbor in particular. We have been working on some populations that don’t embrace Y5. There are cultural reasons for that and we went to understand that. We did focus groups and work with school teams and individual families particularly for African American families who didn’t chose Y5 as often. One of the big reasons was it seemed that it was a remedial program. That is not true. We try to make sure it doesn’t come across as kids who aren’t ready. It’s just a bout wanting that extra year. Another time for childhood. We saw a slight change but not dramatic. We will keep working. We do know it is an edge rather than holding them back. They do better by 3rd grade. There are reasons to choose that if kids are in the age range.

Nelson: The second topic is the drop in out of country enrollment. Do we know either analytically or anecdotally what proportion is due to international students at UM?

Swift: I don’t.

Nelson: I’m afraid that due to COVID, the immigration policy, deteriorating relationship with china. that foreign student enrollment in US universities has dropped significantly. It may be worth a call to UM to see what they expect for next fall on international student enrollment. My concern is that may be one area that is not gong to come back. We may be best assuming that is a number that won’t recover until our policy to international students changes.

Swift: You brought up an important point in that we were 40 students different in high school and probably half of those would have been international high school students (exchange students from abroad). I’m coming up with more work for us to do on that, that’s an important point.

Lazarus: Quick question, I  noticed and am concerned I know I’m looking at a supplemental. On the free and reduced lunch it seems tases numbers are lower. I’m wondering if this is COVID and parents aren’t filling out the form and we have a robust food deliver and haven’t ended that information. But doesn’t it ultimately affect our bottom line.

Swift: We’ve been emphasizing we want families to fill out the form> Because of the emergency authorization, we are being fully reimbursed for those costs. It is important to get the forms filled out but it isn’t happening perfectly because they don’t need to get the food. Them doing that doesn’t impact our budget.

Lazarus: Have we had those discussions show this year and how does it affect us going int the following year for funding? Does this carry over?

Swift: At the time we return to in person and children receive meals at school we will be filling out those forms like we do every fall. We will see that come back to norm whenever that is. My guess is it will likely increase.

Lazarus: That’s why I was surprised it was lower. I expected it to be higher.

Swift: One of the most important pieces int eh back to school mailing is that paper, we believe it is artificially low.

Lightfoot: I’m glad you said artificially low as there is not an impetus to fill that form out. On what trustee Nelson mentioned on the budget. I am going to look on in awe as you work the budget. There are so many nuances COVID impacts the budget.

Swift: There are so may impacts that may carry over. Thank you for continuing to advocate for the 900 billion.

Nelson: If we have a bulge in a certain grade level because of people keeping kids home, that’s implications for staffing, but this is at least a 12 year phenomena. It goes through the system one year at a time. It’s 12 years of adjusting more staff into that grade level.


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Second Briefing

There are no updates to either second briefing item.

  • 2019 Bond Preliminary Phase I Plan
  • Annex AN-2012 Food Service Equipment for Classroom Feeding Model
  • Johnson: As a board we are approving the approach for the 2019 Bond Preliminary Phase I Plan. There is not money attached to that. No questions from the trustees.

Consent Agenda

The Board voted on the consent agenda:

  • Approve Annex AN-2012: Food Service Equipment for Classroom Feeding Model
  • Approve Donation of 200 window facemasks donated by Underground Printing
  • Approve Minutes from December 9, 2020

Motion to approve by Trustee Nelson, seconded by Trustee Lightfoot. There was no discussion

The consent agenda passed unanimously.

Board Action

The Board took action on the following items:

Monthly Reconfirmation of COVID-19

Motioned by Trustee Kelly who read the necessary wording.

Seconded by Trustee Lazarus. No discussion

Motion passed unanimously


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Approve 2019 Bond: Preliminary Phase I Plan

Motioned by Trustee Kelly. Seconded by Trustee Baskett.

Nelson: I would just say this is exciting and we have discussed it so we all understand it. I don’t think we need more discussion. But wanted to make this comment so the public nows this is not just a routine item. This is a big deal which is kicking off the major improvement in our facilities.

Johnson: I want to thank you for stepping up. and your work on this.

Motion passed unanimously

Motion to hold a Closed Session

The Board wants to hold a closed session on January 7, 2021 at 4p for matters of attorney client privilege.

Moved by Trustee Baskett seconded by Kelly.

Motion passed unanimously

Items from the Board

Kelly: It looks like some of my accounts were caught in a google outage this week. If you texted called, emailed, and didn’t respond please reach out again.

Monday night I joined a task force to hear trans voice youth advocacy council and took some notes. They had some questions specific to trans youth. Sometimes with zoom they struggle to be able to add their pronouns. I couldn’t do it tonight either. They also had great ideas for high school improvements in general. I’ll be sharing those with you by email.


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Third item while Gaynor is our representative to the Washtenaw Education association, I joined the executive board on how they can better serve the school districts in Washtenaw County. We’re going to be starting with a needs survey. We have some similar in a normal year and different needs in a normal year. It’s probably similar in a pandemic year. Looking for ways to collaborate on solutions. I’ll be sure to let you know when that 

While Trustee Nelson & Lightfoot leave big shoes to fill, tomorrow night is the last orientation session for the incoming trustees and look forward to working with them come January.

And Trustees Lightfoot & Nelson, thank you. I will miss you and it’s been a pleasure working with you.

Lightfoot: Thank you it has been a pleasure.

Nelson: I want to echo what Trustee Lightfoot said. I feel good about what our team has done this year. To be a part of that is really rewarding. A big thank you for letting me be part of something I will remember the rest of my life with very good feelings. The additional thing is you’re all such nice people it’s been a pleasure to do the good work. A thank you for what has bene a surprising but wonderful year.

Johnson: This is the end of my first year as president of the school board. And say what a pleasure it has been.

Motion to Adjourn

Motion to adjourn by Trustee Nelson. Seconded by Trustee Lightfoot. Approved unanimously at 11:09pm. Meeting adjourned

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