5/23 LPS Board of Education Regular Meeting

Video: https://youtu.be/ab3a_12L_So

Recognition of National Merit Scholars:

Stacy Jenkins (Administrator for District Communications) highlighted 11 LPS students (5- CHS, 2- FHS, 4- SHS) that scored in the top 1% of ~1.6M students nationwide, on the PSAT National Merit Scholarship qualifying exam.

Recognition of Livonia Robotics Sponsors and Acceptance of Gifts:

Stacy Jenkins and Isolina Carlini (Robotics Coordinator) recognized the donations to the LPS FIRST Robotics Teams for the 2021-2022 school year, for a total of $39,500 ($10,500 – Bosch; $10,000 – Aisin; $6,000 – Montaplast; $5,000 – NYX; $3,000 – Ford; $2,000 – Cooper Standard and ZF; $1,500 – Infineon Technologies Foundation; $1,000 – 4M Industries, General Motors, HM White, Operating Engineers, Parks Maintenance, Roush, Siemens, and Tom Promo; $500 – Kiwanis Club of Livonia). Former students, now working for these companies / organizations were in attendance to accept recognition. The Board voted to accept the donations.

District Update from the Superintendent:

Mrs. Oquist appealed highlights across the Districts, including examples of student learning outside in the good weather; Special Events such as Buchanan Spring Concert, Rosedale’s Arts, Beats, Eats, and Books, SHS Art Show; Recruiting New Teachers at a MDE Employment Fair; new Playgrounds at each Elementary are almost complete; Float Parade / Matsuri Festival at Niji-Iro; new art work in the Riley lobby; celebrated 25 years for several staff members in Food Services; 3 LCTC students were honored with Rotary Vocational Service Award and Student Leaders recently ran Rotary Meetings; LCTC Students were finalist in National Game Competitions; LPS Education Foundation Staff Star awards (>250 staff members so far); Congrats to the first class from Frost inducted into the National Junior Honor Society; Senior Honors night; SHS Global Ed banquet; Robotics season highlights; Franklin Transition Program Celebration; GSRP Teacher Ani Takessian won a Meemic Award; Girls Lacrosse clinched the KLAA Division Championship; Boys Lacrosse defeated Farmington to win their first MHSAA regional game in the program’s history; SHS Varsity Girls Soccer went 14-1 and ranked 9th in the state; Final FHS Home Meet; Run to Save Our You – a 5K Run is on June 4th; PTSA Council is looking for volunteers for the Summer ELVS Program; and Graduation ceremonies are scheduled as follows – FHS 6/2, SHS 6/3, CHS 6/5, and WWSC 6/10.

Audience Communications:


Appointment of Churchill Principal:

Anthony Abbate (Director of Personnel & District Services) introduced, and the Board approved the appointment of Kristen Quesada.

Appointment of Holmes Principal:

Anthony Abbate introduced, and the Board approved the appointment of Roger Opsommer.

Appointment of Buchanan Principal:

Jennifer Keatts (Director of Human Resources) introduced, and the Board approved the appointment of Jennifer Wilson.

Appointment of Academic Services Coordinator:

Jennifer Keatts (Director of Human Resources) introduced, and the Board approved the appointment of Lindsay Rousseau.

Personnel Matters:

The Board approved / recognized new Hires, Tenure, Leaves, Resignation, and Retirements.

Appointment of Auditor for 2021-2022:

The Board approved Plante Moran as the auditor for the 2021-2022 financial statements

Approval of Resolution for Wayne RESA’s 2022-2023 General Fund Operating Budget:

The Board approved a resolution of Disapproval of the RESA Budget proposal. Board members expressed concerns with the RESA budget not including funds for Special Education Transportation Reimbursement, despite the budget having a relatively high fund balance.

Approval of Cooper Abatement – 2021 Bond:

The Board approved the bid from Mid-Michigan Management for asbestos abatement for the upcoming summer Bond projects.

Approval of Cedar Crest Milk/Dairy Purchase:

The Board approved the additional budget requested because more students than anticipated have participated in their schools’ meal program this year (due to the federally approved meal waiver).

Approval to Purchase Staff Desktop Computers – 2021 Bond:

The Board approved the purchase of 1,100 desktop computers as replacements for the desktops purchased in 2014 with 2013 Bond.

Approval of Window Replacement at Grant Elementary:

The Board approved the bid from Daniels Glass for window replacements – it will be funded from the Capital Projects Funds.

Approval to Purchase Soundboards for Franklin and Stevenson PAC’s:

The Board approved the bid from Advanced Lighting and Sound to replace soundboards that are not functioning properly.

Approval to Purchase Copy Paper:

The board approved the purchase from Contract Paper Group. It was explained that this is a partial order as due to supply chain issues.

Second Reading of Board Policy:

After a second reading, the Board voted to approve changes to FDB – Long-Range Needs Determination and FDC – Naming Facilities; and removal of KBB – School-Sponsored Information

First Reading of Board Policy:

BCAA – Annual Organizational Meeting, EA – Goals and Objectives, EBH – Leasing and Renting, ECA – Insurance Program, EDDA – Special Use of School Buses, KC – Board/Community Relations, KEAA – Community Activities for Students, and KEC – Interviews with Students

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