5/1/23 LPS Board of Education Meeting

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O03h5rb7aEI

Sympathy Resolution:

The Board had a moment of silence and approved a sympathy resolution for the family of Joshua Redding (eighth grade student at Holmes).

Points of Pride – School Library Month Recognition:

The Board recognized School Library Month and the Media Specialists within the schools and the important role that they play.

Recognition of Board Members Receiving MASB Awards:

For the last several years the LPS BOE has been a MASB Honor Board, which means all members are certified. Their most recent accomplishment is for the 3rd year in a row they are recognized as a Standard of Excellence Board, which means all members have an Award of Merit. In addition, individual Board Members were recognized for their accomplishments – Madeline Acosta for an Award of Distinction, Karen Bradford for a Master Board Member Award, and Liz Jarvis for Data Skills Specialty Award.

District Update from the Superintendent:

Superintendent Oquist appealed highlights from across the District, including learning activities at several schools including LCTC Criminal Justice Class demonstration with Farmington Hills Police, 4th grade Hayes Elementary took on the challenge of writing five paragraphs essays; Hoover 4th graders visited Lansing at met Representative Koleszar on the floor of the House; Earth Day Celebrations; Spring Sports – Franklin Friday Night Lights; 6th grade Camp at Camp Copneconic; Cherry Blossom Festival – Niji-Iro Students performed in Washington DC; Arbor Day Celebration at Cleveland; Administrative Professionals Day; PTSA Council attended the MI PTA Convention; Churchill Interact Club made donations to Livonia Fire Department, VT Sera, Shelterbox International, and Rotary International Earthquake Fund; High School Students attended the KLAA Leadership Summit; 7 Students will have their art work on display at the DIA; 46th Annual Fine Arts Festival, High School Productions – Stevenson’s Wizard of Oz, Churchill’s (CAPA) Lost Girl, and Churchill’s Captain Louie; State Champ Livonia Warriors’ Robotics Team placed 46th in the World Championship in Houston and won the Industrial Design Award and Ms. Carlini was honored at the State Competition as a finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award; Frost was awarded the Support Music Merit Award (1 of 78 awarded in the country); PTSA Council Youth Making a Difference at Churchill; LPS Education Foundation Golf Outing is July 23th; and High School Graduation – FHS is Thu 6/1 at 7pm, SHS is Fri 6/2 at 7pm, CHS is Sun 6/4 at noon.

Audience Communications:

The Suicide Prevention Coordination from Growth Works (a coalition of Wayne County communities) spoke about statics and their work. 2 LPS Parents spoke about District DEI Committee and the need to find a replacement for the open Facilitator (Lisa Kaiser left the position to become the School Culture, Climate & Equity Consultant at W-RESA).

Purchase of LPS Merchandise:

The Board approved the vendor for LPS spirit wear.

Ratify the Sale of Second Series 2021 Bonds:

The Board approved the sale of the second series of bonds ($70M). It was noted that the Districts’ rating was upgrade to an A+, this will result in less interest.

Early Childhood Center Roofing Rebid:

The Board approved the contract for roofing at the new Early Childhood Center.

Asbestos Abatement at Frost – 2021 Bond:

The Board approved the contract for asbestos abatement at Frost. The abatement is a necessary part of the bond renovations occurring this spring/summer (LMC and kitchen).

Ricoh Copier Purchase Agreement – 2021 Bond:

The Board approved the purchase of 22 Ricoh copy machines. These will replace copiers in several locations that are beyond their useful life. This is the first step in a planned full replacement of the multi-function printers/copiers.

Purchase of Chromebooks:

The Board approved the purchase of up to 1,500 Chromebooks. This planned purchase is for the replacement of the Chromebooks originally purchased in 2017-18, which Google will no longer be supporting. ESSER Funds will be used for this purchase.

Boiler Projects at Cass, Kennedy, and Niji-Iro:

The Board approved the replacement of boilers at Cass, Niji-Iro, and Kennedy Elementary Schools. The work is planned for this summer. This is part of district’s ten-year facility sinking fund plan, which includes boiler replacement at facilities throughout the district. The current boiler at Kennedy has failed and the ones at Niji-Iro and Cass are nearing the end of their useful life. This project includes the purchase and installation of a generator at Cass. The Sinking Fund will be used for this project.

Purchase of Microphones for Franklin PAC:

The Board approve the purchase of a wireless microphone system for the Franklin’s Performing Arts Center. The current microphone system at Franklin’s PAC has not worked properly due to external interference and damage due to a water pipe that broke. The proposed system has been successfully tested. The General Fund will be used for this purchase.

Recommend Expulsion of Two Secondary Students:

The Board approved expulsion of two secondary students for violations policies.

Personnel Matters:

The Board approved / recognized new Hires, Tenure, Resignations, Recalls, and Retirements.

First Reading of Board Policy:

The proposed changes for IDF – Interscholastic Activities (including the removal of Board Policy IDFA) and IFD – Library Media Centers & Classroom Libraries were read.

Second Reading of Board Bylaw / Policy

The Board voted to approve the changes to BHA – Code of Ethics and IHFB – High School Graduation Ceremonies

Approval for Board Members to Take MASB Classes:

The Board approved Trustees Madeline Acosta, Colleen Burton, Crystal Frank, and Mark Johnson to take MASB classes.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s