At its May 17, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor planning commission approved a special exception use for Summers-Knoll School, a private K-8 school. Summers-Knoll wants to expand by converting an office building on Platt Road into a school, and needed a special exception use from the city to make that change.
At their April 20, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor Public Schools board of education heard a proposal for the 2011-12 budget, which faces a $15 million deficit. The plan calls for cutting 70 teaching positions, eliminating high school busing and a range of other strategies to cut costs and raise revenues. Board members and staff also urged the public to support a special education millage that’s on the May 3 ballot for renewal. If that millage fails to pass, AAPS will add another $6 million to its deficit.
At an April 13, 2011 study session focusing on efforts of the Ann Arbor Public Schools to close the gap in achievement between minority students and others, the board received an update from its consultant. The consultant didn’t give the district a glowing review.
At their March 30, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor Public Schools board of education voted unanimously to oppose a state budget proposal that would divert a portion of the School Aid Fund to institutions of higher education. The board also voted to expand its schools of choice program for 2011-12.
At its March 16, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor Public Schools board of trustees got a budget update from interim superintendent Robert Allen, who reported a projected $15 million deficit for the coming fiscal year. That amount could grow to $21 million if voters don’t renew a special education millage that’s on the May 3 ballot.
At a special meeting on Saturday, March 5, 2011, Ann Arbor Public Schools board members took five straw polls in the course of their deliberations on the choice of a new superintendent, which eventually led them to select Patricia Green. But three of the straw polls actually went in favor of the other finalist, Michael Muñoz.
At its regular meeting on March 2, 2011, the Ann Arbor Public Schools board heard a presentation on the special education millage that will appear on the ballot on May 3. The ballot proposal is a renewal of an existing millage.