May 12 AAPS Board of Education Meeting

May 12 AAPS Board of Education Meeting Notes

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.

Note: We will update it throughout the meeting. Please excuse any typos, misspellings, errors (hopefully minor), etc. A summary will be added after the meeting.

Attendees

Attendees: Kelly, Johnson, Dupree, Gaynor, Querijero, Baskett,

Non-Voting Attendees: Swift, Cluley, Osinski,

Motion to approve the Agenda by Trustee Kelly, seconded by Querijero. Unanimously approved.


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Public Commentary

As is our practice, we did not cover public commentary. There are 14 comments tonight. Comments are available on BoardDocs. Ms Osinski and Mr Cluley each read half of the comments. The total time for public commentary is limited which can lead to only portions of commentary being read when there are many comments. And, the comments are typically read very quickly to be able to read as much as possible in the time constraints. With such limited time per comment it is even harder to try to capture the context of the commentary.

Clarifications

Dr Swift: We appreciate everyone who takes time to prepare and author comments and parents who attend other sessions or reach out in other ways. I believe we’ll address several issues raised through superintendent’s update tonight.

Baskett: I want to clarify since I was called out, when I spoke out to the need, I was referring to the need to clarify the availability. I’m not unfamiliar with the needs and understand them. Looking back to last March when we closed our buildings we were concerned about child care.

Jonson: I want to thank the public as well. We do also receive hundreds of emails per week.


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Special Commentary – Senator Jeff Irwin

Swift: We reached this point of the agenda a bit earlier than expected, or we can move on and interrupt when he arrives. It was scheduled for 8:30p.

Baskett: As you know we were expecting more public comments – we have had more recently. I’ll reach out and see if he can come earlier.

Johnson: Thank you Sentaor Irwin for joining us. You’re always front and center when there’s something happening in Lansing that we need to know about.

Baskett: I just want to remind the trustees and communities, that in Board Docs is a summary provided by MASB for proposed budgets and amendments and adjustments. What is nice about this is it has the governor’s initial proposal and versions from the House and Senate

Irwin: I know it’s been a tough year for students, parents, educators, school leadership. I want to thank you for your service. As a parent of a couple AAPS children, I specifically want to thank teams at Pittsfield and Scarlett. My kids are back in school. I’m eager to hear your questions and answer them. I’ll try to go quicly through what’s happening in Lansing.

In Lansing we’re dealing with policy & budget. We spend most time on budget. But on policy, I’ve been working a long time on a dyslexia package to improve literacy. Thank you Trustee Kelly for her initiative. Bill 830-833. I’m also working on bills for school discipline particularly around zero tolerance. Particularly around how black and brown students are characterized as older than they are. The goal is to keep kids in school. That they get more information about charges against them, opportunity for appeal, etc. I’m also reintroducing teacher tax credit for money they use from their family budget.

The discussion around K-12 budgeting is particularly confusing now. We’re having at least 3 discussions on school funding.

  • Next year’s budget – now is the normal time for October 1-September 30, 2022. Time to work to budget process to complete hopefully in June.
  • Supplemental budget related to federal relief bill passed in December. Still dealing with where those dollars will go.
  • American Rescue Plan with another $3.7 billion statewide.

Supplemental budget discussions are the furthest along. There was a bill passed and signed by governor 4047 & 4048 allocating about $2 billion of federal money mostly to those with enough Title 1 students. But the state added $300 million from state aid fund. Turned them into equalization paymenst so each got at least $450 in person. This required 20 hours of in person instruction. In that bill it requires offering 20 hours of in person instruction starting by March 22 to get the equalization payment. March 22 was when cases were skyrocketing and many schools were shutting down, districts, cohorts, etc. That issue is still unresolved if they will lose that money. It is still up in the air. The state held fast to March 22 but would look away from 20 hours each student each week. That led more confusion. I said we’ve been punishing districts for a long time. Michigan is 50th in increasing K-12 funding.

This week a second supplemental budget I got language into the bill that you had reason that board took action to make a delay official, the 20 hours would be waived. But in the house just today, their supplemental trailer bill that changes the date to April 12 for 20 hours of in person. At 25 hours you get all the money, 20 hours 75%, 15 hours, 50% of money. 10 hours or less you get 25%. This is an administrative nightmare.

<Sen Irwin fell off the call at this point>

The House & Senate will have to work out the difference and get soemthing to the governor to sign.

There’s aconversation just startinga bout American Rscue Plan. I expect that to be stretched out over a few years.

For the 2021-2022 budget, the MASB has the numbers themselves. At the highest level the governor is recommending $15.8. The Senate first bill is at $15.7 billion. The differences show in the details. The governors approach is using more weighted funding formula. More dollars to at risk youth or special education and focus on those areas. The Senate has a larger per pupil allotment. The governor’s version protects schools that will see a big drop in enrollment next year. Both the governor and the Senate bill have a substantial increase (~10%) for Great Start readiness reimbursement. Those are teh big pieces of the budget.

Baskett: Sentaor Irwin, I can’t remember the bill number but is there an update to legilsation for exempting the nubmer of people who can gather for graduation. Do you have an y new news?

Irwin: We did pass a bill out of the Senate that says in person graduation can’t be prohibited. In person graduation would be allowed.

Baskett: My thoughts there. It’s been a horrible year and everyone wants to be able to get together. When the legilslators make these blanket statements you’re not staying in your lane. We’ve been working at the local level regarding the celebrations and what makes sense. To take that ability away is that a silppery slope. What ele are you going to take away or insist we do.

Irwin: I think this is happening for the same reason people made news about landscaping last spring, high school sports, etc. People see the opportunity to score public support points.

DuPree: Thank you Sentaor for coming out. I know you briefly touched on discipline. Do you mind breifly expanding on that.

Irwin: Absolutely. I’ve been working with a few statewide groups. I introduced last fall and getting ready to reintroduce soon. It basically codifies best practices that many districts are already doing. The person deciding on appeals can’t be the person who meted out the discipline in the first place. Creating an automatic right of appeal. Anyone who is accused of doing something in a school deserves to see all the allegations at least 48 hours before the hearing. It’s not fair to drop the evidence on them as they walk into the hearing. Another piece is districts who issue long term suspension or expulsions are still required to provide educational services. It’s also required to consider the 7 ffactors. They’re alraedy supposed to be part of the process, but this emphasizes it.

Johnson: One is quick. You talked about a documenary.

Irwin: Push Out

Johnson: About the House Bills 4419 & 4421. You may haev answered my question when you talked about political points. What was the rationale that the representatives are giving when they talka bout funding schools today based on past performance or provision of in person instruction when schools had no opportunity to adjust or factor in those specific laws.

Irwin: I think the rationale is pretty straight forward. There’s a lot of folks who think schools are essential and we want kids in school and want it in person. I think the problem is they’re providing it in a ham-handed way that doesn’t factor in the details. Labor contract, sick leaves, etc. They don’t consider the actual details and aren’t doing it in a considered thoughtful way. We’ve been saying you want things back to normal – stop voting against masks, distributing vaccines, promote vaccine uptake. They’re also trying to seize on politics. It’s frustrating when they set dates int eh past. On top of that, when I was in appropriations committee this week, I made a motion to decrease per pupil allowance for cyber schools since they have higher pupil/teacher ratios and no buildings. Yet at the same time they fight that and say they do a great job but punish districts that aren’t offering in person school.

Kelly: I’m curious whether you’re hearing folks challenging bills from an ex post facto perspective to have legal or financial consequences for applying rules retroactively. I’m curious if you’re hearing from groups that seek to challenge this. In Ann Arbor, it wouldn’t have been prudent to open for the number of hours they’re proposing.

Irwin: I haven’t heard that actually. I know there are districts across the state impacted and many are frustrated by the moving goal posts. I haven’t heard anyone raise the legal question.

Johnson: That’s an interesting question we may need to talk more about.

Swift: I want to share publicly that I see you in our meetings with the governor’s team and others. I want to thank you publicly for your advocacy. You’re innovative and creative in working across the aisle to get things done for AAPS.

Baskett; You beat me to the punch. I want to acknowledge legislators who support public education. I’ve seen Jeff at the schools picking up his child at school when picking up mine. This isn’t common in other districts.

You’re our inaugural legislator visit to the board. I want to thank you for your flexibility in timing.

Irwin: I want to thank you all for your service and sticking with it through this time. K-12 education is the most important thing the state does. It’s tough because we all care so much about our kids & the future of our community


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Board Committee Reports

Finance Committee

Gaynor: We met last week and will bring new first briefing item about paving at a couple elementary schools. We meet again on Friday and will have more first briefing next week.

Planning Committee

Kelly: Will be meeting on May 21, probably at 3p. We haven’t met since last meeting.

Performance Committee

Gaynor: We did preview high school graduation reports. There will be information provided to board and posted on the website.

Environmental Sustainability Task Force

Johnson: We had our first meeting Monday. A productive meeting where we created and reviewed an application for community members to apply to be on the task force. It will be released tomorrow and applications due June 3.

Querijero: I want to add we welcome all kinds of people and voices. If you’re anyone from someone with 20-30 years in the field or a concerned parent who has observed something in their building, we’d love you both.

Gaynor: Plan to have first full meeting in June.

Johnson: We’re waiting to announce until after graduations to not distract.

Baskett: How many members are we looking for?

Johnson: We have not set a number. We’ll ese how many applications we get.

Querijero: That’s one of the reason I made the comment we did. I believe if we don’t have applicants representing a niche in the community, we don’t want to exclude them.

Johnson: We also want it to be a manageable size as well to coordinate calendars and be an effective committee.


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Superintendent Update

Most important we will be previewing the 2021-2022 school year. We want to send a shout out to our school nurses. Last week we emailed out appreciation for teachers and school lunch super heroes – kitchen staff and bus drivers. It’s a significant contribution to our community for food security.

Today is official school nurse appreciation day. We don’t need an official day to remember how important they are. We have a little more than 15 on our school nurse team.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month during May. Our diversity makes us stronger.

Baskettt: I’ve worked with Trustee Lazarus to work with the AAPI advocacy group. In my tenure with the board, no one had asked for the group. Recently someone approached Trustee Lazarus and she took the reins to get it started. It was a little sad to heard the stories of recent anti-Asian hate crimes, but wonderful for it to get the group started. Trustee Lazarus, Querijero, and I will participate as invited since we share the Asian heritage.

Skip back to Senator Irwin who joined the meeting now.

Swift: Learning continues in Ann Arbor Public schools. 

Updates on spring bond Phase 1 community engagement process. Mr Lauzzana completed work with the environmental organizations in February and the contractors association in March. There will be more meetings:

  • May 14 noon – Service Organizations
  • May 18 noon – Business Organizations
  • May 18 6:30p – PTO
  • May 25 8a – General Public

We are only district in country serving PLTW to Y5 classrooms. Engineers in training made bird nests.

Rec & Ed Spring Soccer is in full swing. 150 K-5 & 15 middle school teams. Field Hockey also has 31 teams.

Summer Programming

Two separate briefings at board table and link to summer programming. 40+ members of the community joined us live with more accessing on demand later. Special Education Programming, Elementary, Middle & High School Programs, Virtual & In School plus A2 Virtual. Most programming is free to students & families. Last summer was more than 5000 students registered. It’s the largest in SE Michigan.

Rec & Ed Summer Camp will be offered this summer. They are offering full summer June 14-August 27. High school volunteers can apply now. Both in person indoor and outdoor classes will be offered. They are filling up.

This week, Pfizer vaccine is now available for 12-15 yr olds. I’ll share more in a  few minutes. Washtenaw County Health Department is leveraging 16+ clinics & adding significant appointments for 12-15 yr olds. May 20th clinic for second dose for 16+ will have 300 or so slots for 12-15 yr olds.


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2021-2022 School Year Information

Back to School August 30, 2021. Our calendar team of employee group partners and school team. August 30 is a 4 day school week. There will be a 4 day Labor Day weekend. The full calendar for the school year will be published in coming days – see our preview here..

Fall is a full 5 day a week return to in school learning. There will be no hybrid instruction. Students & families will have choice of a full virtual learning program in 2021-2022.

Full operations at all campuses for 5 days a week. Academic, performing & visual arts, Sciences, enrichment, IB, STEAM, PLTW, Rec & Ed Programs, Science Olympiad, Robotics, Orchestra Night, Environmental Education, etc.

We’ve been a long way on the COVID journey. Some 2020-2021 innovations will continue

  • 1:1 Technology for all students
  • Schoology as the AAPS learning ecosystem
  • Connectivity support for families
  • Digital library & academic reading resources 24/7 – physical libraries will also be fully available
  • Additional school nurses

Update on School Age Childcare Program

AAPS has used large group model in the past. It will require redesign for COVID safety. It will be redesigned to more closely align with AAPS equity & Rec & Ed mission. That will include offering enrichment programing after school. We’ll be surveying students & staff to see how to redesign. 

Also laser focused on ensuring full restoration of academic, social emotional, and supports during academic school day. We know our students have been learning this year, but as they return to full time in school learning there will be re-engagement and learning leaps will happen.

School Age childcare will not be available next year. We understand it will be an adjustment. So folks have adequate notice to prepare.

Elementary Back to School Fall 2021. 

  • In person -in school 5 days/week in neighborhood schools
  • A2 Online school – K-5 live synchronous online instruction 5 days/week
  • A2Virtual Elementary (A2VE) – K-5 asynchronous at student pace with AAPS teachers support weekly

The two virtual options will be online district programs. They won’t necessarily be tied to a specific elementary school.

AAPS Preschool Programming

AAPS has the largest preschool programming. 

  • Westerman Preschool & All Preschool Classrooms return to full in-person operations.
  • First Steps, Great Start Readiness, Head Start, Blended Classrooms, 
  • Young 5s offered in all elementary schools.
  • Preschools will not be offered virtually.

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Middle School & High Schools

  • In person -in school 5 days/week in neighborhood schools
  • A2Virtual Middle School
  • A2Virtual High School

A2 Virtual programs are not new. They will be asynchronous at student pace with AAPS Teachers support weekly. May be part-time or full-time.
If there is a demand for synchronous online learning, we’ll work with parents.

Planning for 2021-2022 School Year

  • Community Information Sessions: Thursday, May 13, 20 & 27th – 6p Fall Back to School
  • Student, Parent & Staff Survey 
  • ThoughtExchange engagement to hear input & feedback
  • Preregistration via InfoSnap later in May
  • So far this spring ahead of pace with 2021-2022 enrollment.

COVID Update – Cases, Vaccines, & Testing

We are out of highest risk level on new cases – Down to level D – 32 day downward trend

Huron HS PCR (saliva) testing clinic continues on Saturdays through June 5. 

Thursday May 20 open to everyone 12 & older. At Huron HS 3-7p. Second dose will be held 3 weeks later. Register at bit.ly/huronvax

We are keeping an eye on 6th grade in particular. Some may not be old enough to get vaccinated yet.


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Trustee Questions on Superintendent Update

Baskett: Dr Swift thank you very much with that sneak preview of what we’re hoping to see. Can you please clarify school day? Start/closing times.

Swift We will publish precise school day times when we publish school day calendar in a few days. We’re not showing any big changes, but just making sure we’re clear with transportation. A full day of school as we’ve had in the past with some early dismissals as we’ve had in past years.

Baskett: We work with teacher union leadership in establishing calendar and work conditions. We’ve been working colalbaratively over the last few years and look forward to more of the same.

DuPree: Thank you for the update, but a few questions. How the district programming looks particularly with digital programming for fall. How will we build community when it isn’t tied to a specific school.

Swift: Online learning communities become robust virtual communities. We’ve seen it during the school year. The A2Virtual team & upcoming A2 Online team we’ll develop. They’ll be creating communities. It’s good to think of it that they will be a school. With A2Virtual because it’s independent, it’s different because they won’t see each other every day. With A2Online, they will have that community. Parents will have to consider which type of program is best for them. We’ve even see families do supplemental in A2Virtual.

DuPree: Thank you, I think building community is especially important right now. lets say we have a family in person, something changes and they want to go virtual? Is there a penalty, how do students do that without gaps in education?

Swift: We’re going to ask that families make a commitment to their preferred program for the fall semester. However, if there’s a need look to transition at natural points – quarter, semester. We’ll work on a case by case basis to support students. We do want folks to consider where they want to stay. It is not our intention to switch our dial, we want parents to set their dial.

DuPree: For staffing, will we have to increase or retain staff we have gained over the last year or so.

Swift: It’s a question we need to learn the answer. We are asking parents to give us what they want to do. Just their current thinking then as we move through May, the door will open for InfoSnap. That’s a more significant process where you reserve your seat for fall in a program. We’ll use that to align teachers and support staff to match up with the needs of students and community. We have some teachers saying they liked teaching virtual classroom and others who don’t want virtual anymore. We’ll work with them to staff all the programs as we have in the past.

Kelly: I only have 2 questions. Until the pandemic we had a pretty deliberate approach to tech & we weren’t one to one. Now we are by necessity and grace of our voters. I don’t want the good things from technology to go away – Schoology, digital library. But I also don’t want to lose the spirit where we weren’t a technology district. We were a hands on teaching district. How are we going to move forward and maintain pre-pandemic spirit of hands on first.

Swift: In the before times, our core value was technology was to serve and support teaching & learning. During COVID, the balance got out of balance. Technology was the way. I believe our teachers & support staff will do an extraordinary job and taking what we’ve learned and use it to support and serve face to face interaction. I will be delighted to support our teams in figuring out. We’re not going back to the before times. We’re going to another time. These enhancements will serve the quality we’ve always had in classrooms. I look forward to hearing from our teachers how that will work.

Kelly: My next question is a lot of parts, but I think you’ll understand the overview. Moving children back to buildings didn’t mean we were moving special education to face to face this spring. It’s happening in phases. In fall, we’ll have some completely in person and some who will presumably choose some virtual. How will special education look in fall? Will students full time in person in building, get full provision of IEPs in person, or is that still in the air?

Swift: I appreciate the question. I’m glad we have a strong commitment from our support services delivery team. All our student evaluations hat need to be completed and wrapped up will be completed over summer weeks. We’ll begin the fall with students who have been with us will have evaluations caught up. Secondly, all of our support programs designed for special needs learners for summer are getting great strong response. I know we’ll get clearer as we move through the weeks of May. Generally, if the child is full time in person there services would be delivered in person. We don’t want to leave behind helpful innovations with virtual delivery on a case by case. We’ll continue to deliver services. Those who are virtual will work through IEPs.

Kelly: What about students where virtual school fits better with chronic illness, or anxiety? Are we anticipating support in those cases?

Swift: Flexibility in meeting student needs in the best way.


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Querijero: Just a comment that our discussion got me thinking. As a 1:1 technology district, we put so much innovation into Schoology we do lose a bit on the other end. Will we ask students to bring laptop to school everyday. That brings risk to the investment we have in those. Plus the pedagogical freedom teachers exercise. While we may be quick to innovate, we don’t want to lose that great instruction we had previously.

Swift: I really appreciate that. I’m not responding to your question. The talents, gifts of our teachers face to face with students is what makes us great. The innovations shouldn’t diminish that.

Johnson: Thanks for this presentation & detail. We have people who ask for more detail in a global pandemic we aren’t rid of at this point. I do believe most families understand that we can get specifics, but can’t predict everything with 100% certainty. Thank you for your hard work. 

To that end, we continue to get repeated comments on what was promised in the past & what we delivered. A lot of the surveying we did last year caused confusion. Us asking if they preferred fully in person, people felt we were promising that. Is there a possibility there will be something on the survey that won’t appear in registration option.

Swift: We should back up to the elementary slide. The three programs – In Person as the default, A2Online – (live synchronous), A2 Virtual (Asynchronous). All 3 of those are the 3 declared programs for elementary for fall. There is no question that we will offer all 3 of these.

At secondary, In person school 5 days per week and A2Virtual are the two programs that are offered at secondary. We will inquire as to how many students would be interested in a synchronous online experience. It may be an A2Virtual who would like some synchronous. That isn’t guaranteed.

Johnson: I would recommend those be in a separate area or asked with clarification that it isn’t promised. To that end, you talked about options for K-5 and 6-12. In the K-8 schools, was more similar to K-5. Will there be a difference in a middle schooler at K-8 vs a middle schooler at a 6-8.

Swift: We’ll be clarifying in coming weeks. Our two K-8 (AA Open & A2STEAM) have unique instructional models. In spring return, their programming looked different because of numbers. Choosing a K-8 is different than choosing a traditional middle school.

Johnson: Back to K-5 with the live synchronous. Hypothetically, even if there are only 2 students across the district at second grade – we’ll still offer

Swift – You’re challenging me with only 2. We were hoping it would be at least 12. With feedback, it’s likely we’ll have at least 1 section at each grade. If there is a fluke and only 1 or 2 at a grade level, we’d have to re-evaluate.

Johnson: I’d like to make suer we’re communicating that. You said we’re ahead of pac eon enrollment – compared to last year, compared to 2 years ago?

Swift: We monitored compared to 2 years ago and last year. We were a few hundred students ahead of our pace for end of April timeline. We know part is the Y5/kindergarten who waited a year. Plus a fair number of students moving in and out during school year. We’re hearing from families transferring in from another state. This is also a result of kindergarten roundups. Transition activities going on now.


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Monthly Budget Monitoring Report for March

This year, there is considerably more money in the Cash & Investments than last year. Primarily believe due to shift in property tax collection time line rather than a true difference. 

General Fund Revenues are up 4.6% from last year. General fund expenditures are up 0.2% from last year.

Gaynor: Just a quick note since this is my second time through this. There weren’t any surprises to me either time. The fund balance seems higher than people might expect, but will decline in the months to come as we have summer expenses.

First Briefing

Annex AN-2036: Summer 2021 Paving & Site Improvement Projects: Allen & Dicken

Swift: At one point we were just able to keep up with potholes. The bond lets us do the rebuilding as needed

Lauzzana: Multi-Year plan presented in December with Phase 1 Bond Plan. Summer 2021 need minor rebuild at Dicken & Allen. There’s alligator cracking and pieces are coming out. Another season or two of plowing would be a series of cold patch and hoping it sticks – but probably not.

Recommending rebuilding the northern parking lot at Dicken. It’s an expensive project with 10-15 year lifecycle, so while south lot has 2-3 years left we won’t do it and will get the remaining life.

Allen has similar cracking in lot and and sidewalk concrete plus a neighborhood path. Allen replacement is more extensive.

We haven’t worked with asphalt replacement company recently. The bond company recommends this company. We’re using lower carbon footprint including methods that MDOT uses. The base layer will have recycled asphalt. It’s not quite ready for top layer, but is ok for base layer. 

We’ll be piloting a low carbon concrete mix. Cement uses a ton of energy. This new mix to be used on sidewalks has less carbon impact by changing mix and using small percentages of substitutes.

Trustee Questions:

Gaynor: Thank you especially for providing closeup photos. From far away, looks great, but the closeups show it’s needed. Glad to hear about the environmental aspects.

Baskett: Just a couple questions and I may have missed this. Start and finish times?

Lauzzana: We anticipate starting as early as June 14th and completed no later than first week of August.


Baskett: You mentioned changing the mix of cement for sustainability. Talk to us about quality and changes anticipated with new substance. Is it still called concrete?

Lauzzana: The industry term I’ve heard is low carbon concrete. This mix you need a certain volume to test it out. We and University of Michigan will do pilot concurrently to get enough volume. There’s cement, small aggregate (sand, tiny rocks), larger aggregate (stone 2” or less). It’s so strong because they all lock together. Two changes in this mix are larger pieces of aggregate so stone is more volume and you need less cement to fill in between and two substitutes for cement that are industrial by products – slag from steel manufacturing or fly-ash (I missed it’s source). From a performance standpoint, we don’t expect any difference. One limiting factor is it takes longer to cure so isn’t great for building footings. Traditional is usually 7 days for partial load and 21 days for full load. This is considerably longer. From a performance standpoint, it is nothing too new. But it is the first time this plant is making this mix.

Baskett: Is there a difference in maintenance? Will it last as long?

Lauzzana: No and that’s our hope.

Kelly: We’re hearing headlines about extraordinary cost rises in building materials, are we anticipating that?

Lauzzana: We have not yet had any requests for material price increase – cost recovery. We haven’t seen a big change between what’s bid now and work done next month. It’s possible for some lighting and HVAC projects that were bid we may see that happen.

Johnson: I’ve seen that with lumber and computer chips. I haven’t seen it other places. To clarify, when you talk about the partnership with UM, that is to meet capacity/order size requirements? or something else?

Lauzzana: They, us, and the county and city have been in meetings. This has been facilitated by Ann Arbor 2030. Trying to pull in experts from around the country on mix design. It’s engineering heavy. UM has been in the working group. The city wasn’t able to move quickly enough. Their contracts were already set for summer. With UM & AAPS over the summer we had enough volume for the plant to switch over.

Johnson: Are you piloting for a certain time? Do you have a rubric for evaluating?


Lauzzana: I’d have to get back to you on that. We’re not using it on the curbs which is more structural. We’re not yet confident enough in the mix to do the curbs. Sidewalks are pretty inexpensive and easy to replace if there’s failure.

Johnson: Sounds like evaluation is more qualitative.

Consent Agenda

Approve minutes of April 28 meeting. Moved by Gaynor. Seconded by DuPree. No discussion. Motion unanimously passes.

Items from the Board

DuPree: I want to say Eid Mubarak. I look forward to seeing you at Skyline tomorrow. Michigan Education Coalition is extending their survey around the stimulus and what we should do with it. Student Advocacy Center. Look at my Trustee Page.

Baskett: Could you expound on Skyline event.

DuPree: Eid prayer is held at the end of Ramadan. It is tomorrow at Skyline at 9a tomorrow.

Baskett: I’m glad we as a district can support. As a non-Muslim to attend it was a real learning experience. May is Asian Pacific Islander and to recognize the contributions of the Asian community. I won’t say too much as they deserve the opportunity to launch. The meeting is tomorrow at 7p. Trustee Lazarus is ona  bit of a hiatus, so contact myself or Dr Swift. They’re still figuring out details on contacting them and communicating. It’s tomorrow at 7p by Zoom.

I did mention increase in hate crimes against the Asian community> We as a district do not condone discrimination against any group.

Thank you to Ms Linden & sending invitation for development on equity work this afternoon. I had the chance to Zoom in as an observer. Everyone seemed engaged in the chat – it got to the point it was distracting from the presentation itself. I heard something about 400 participants. I’d never heard of abolitionist teaching vs reform.

I raised a question regarding the role of the board in this work. What is our role. We expect a lot from teachers and staff. There’s definitely a role for our professional development.

For newer trustees who haven’t taken professional development in superintendent evaluation, that is coming up.

Gaynor: I want a quick shoutout to school librarians. April was school librarians month. They are the unsung heroes of our district providing amazing support for students – running their elementary classes, tech support for teachers with extra issues in hybrid mode, and more.

Johnson: I’d like to recognize the 10 students a few fo us met with to discuss district wide student government organization. What was interesting was students came with one idea and we see it evolving and changing. Glad that Trustee Baskett brought up the opportunity for equity work. There’s been a lot of work done this year. One of the opportunities of COVID was to have more training for the staff. The book that Dr Swift sent the Equity book is good for a book club if we want to start one. (I missed the title and screen glare prevented me from seeing it when he held it up)

Baskett: I’m sorry but I forgot to mention local Ann Arbor branch of NAACP has the opportunity to extend two scholarships this year. Eligible students are those we would have honored at Freedom Fighters dinners. Students who self-identify as African Americans and have at least a 3.25 GPA. Two one thousand dollar scholarships. Please open letters, answer phone calls, or read our emails.

Adjourned

Motion to Adjourn by Kelly, Seconded by Baskett. No discussion. Motion unanimously passes. Meeting adjourned at 9:50p

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