MS restructuring

Middle school restructuring

Middle School restructuring

The Middle School restructuring proposal was an inevitable topic at our June 12 meeting, though all the elements are already in place. It was clear that the restructuring took place for budget reasons, but there was concern about what the long term impact would be.

“What impact to you believe the middle school restructuring will have on the quality of the Middle School educational experience? What steps can be taken to mitigate negative effects? Would changes be made again if funding becomes available?”

“Could we please revisit the option of returning to a K-6, 7-9, 10-12 system?”

District finance presentation

Thanks to parent Ed Vielmetti, we have a copy of the slide show that Robert Allen (Deputy Superintendent of Operations, AAPS) gave at the community meeting at Burns Park two weeks ago. Click here to see a web version of the slide show, albeit without Mr. Allen’s commentary. Let’s talk about this!

Union, Board approve middle school restructuring and buy-out plans

In what must be one of the shortest public meetings on record, the AAPS Board of Education received the news that the Ann Arbor teacher’s union had approved changes in their contract necessary to restructure the middle schools, and then went ahead and gave their approval to the agreement tonight as well.

Smaller Class Sizes?

As I learned about the middle school restructuring, it seemed to me that some of the teaming and other MS features were cut back in order to keep class sizes down. I asked a friend, a middle school teacher in Ann Arbor: “What about smaller class sizes, I thought research indicated that smaller class sizes are better?”

Budget cutting round 1: Middle School restructuring

As part of its efforts to meet the expected deficits over the next two years, the AAPS launched an initiative to restructure the middle school program and curriculum so as to find about $2 million in cost savings. They started with the middle schools because they have the highest cost of operation per student. Cutting funding from programs that do not have a lot of leeway is never a desirable thing, but it is clear that the district will be under a lot of budget pressure for some time to come.

The question is, are the current proposals the best solution under the circumstances?