The Public Transparent Discussion related to the BRICS Bond started on May 1, 2017. #Students1stDbnSchs

At Dearborn Public Schools we are extremely transparent. All important decisions are made in open public meetings and everyone is welcome to attend. We meet on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7pm for the P-12 school district.  All regular scheduled meetings are televised and the video is put on youtube. In addition, all minutes and documents are on the website. Click Here.  Address 18700 Audette, Dearborn, MI.

The issue related to the BRICS Bond discussion started in May of 2017. The initial issue had to deal with high school capacity. It eventually led to public discussions on boundaries with several open public meetings at multiple schools in 2017. Click Here.  That led to discussions on infrastructure and security where my administrative team and I recommended and the board approved the formation of an infrastructure committee that met for several months in 2018. The infrastructure committee ultimately recommended that the board consider a Bond.  The Board then approved having our administrative team further study the potential for a Bond. The Board of Education ultimately voted unanimously in June of 2019 to send the application for a Bond to the Michigan Department of Treasury. In July of 2019 the Board approved placing the Bond on the Ballot with another unanimous vote. 

Again, all of our meetings are open to the public and very transparent. All of the links are listed below from all of the meetings that led to the eventual bond. In addition you can download board minutes at the following link.  Click Here. This has been a two year plus process and anyone who was interested would always be welcome to attend our board meetings and participate in the process.  We also had several special meetings or study sessions. 

May 01, 2017 – Study Session

Agenda – High School Capacity

Board Study Session Video – Part 1

Board Study Session Video –  Part 2
Note in the agenda that we reference potential Bond, infrastructure and capacity.

May 8, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video

Note: Discussion item VII. mentions boundary line changes which is related to capacity. 

June 12, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

Note: Discussion on Boundary lines related to capacity. Also note budget approval which was presented by Mr. Wall. We have several meetings where we discuss the budget each year and it must be approved by the Board in an open meeting.

June 26, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Note boundary line changes related to capacity. Look at Action item #9 and #10 adoption of the budget. 

July 24, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Note: Discussion Item Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond. 

August 21, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Note: Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond. 

August 25, 2017 – Study Session

Agenda – High School Capacity

Note: This was a special meeting to discuss the high school capacity issue. Several consultants came to our meeting to discuss student projections. There was a tremendous amount of data that was presented. 

September 11, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

Board Meeting Video – Part 4

Note: Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond. 

October 9, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Note: Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond. 

November 13, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Note: Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond.

December 11, 2017 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Note: Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond.

January 8, 2018 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Note: Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond.

February 12, 2018 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Discussion Item

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

Note: Boundary line changes related to high school capacity.  Capacity is part of the BRICS Bond. In addition, Note first budget discussion. 

March 1, 2018 – Study Session

Agenda – High School Capacity

Board Study Session Video 

This was a special study session to look at high school capacity, infrastructure and Bonds. 

March 12, 2018 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Action Item & Discussion Item

Item #20 Budget approval

Item #21 Boundary line changes. 

Item #22 – Infrastructure Committee approval

Item #23 – Architect Analysis @ Berry Career Center

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

June 25, 2018 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

We discussed the infrastructure committee during my commentary which ultimately recommended the pursuit of a bond.  

July 23, 2018 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure

Board Meeting Video 

We discussed the infrastructure committee during my commentary which ultimately recommended the pursuit of a bond.  

August 20, 2018 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

We discussed the infrastructure committee during my commentary which ultimately recommended the pursuit of a bond.  Carl Weiss from Metro Bureau was the consultant who spoke to the board. 

September 10, 2018 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

We discussed the infrastructure committee during my commentary which ultimately recommended the pursuit of a bond.  Carl Weiss from Metro Bureau was the consultant who spoke to the board. 

October 8, 2018 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

We discussed the infrastructure committee during my commentary which ultimately recommended the pursuit of a bond.  Carl Weiss from Metro Bureau was the consultant who spoke to the board. 

October 28, 2018 – Study Session

Agenda – Infrastructure

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

This was a special study session where the infrastructure committee presented their recommendations the board of education.  Mariam Bazzi, Tom Trimble and Donna Stanley represented the community on behalf of the infrastructure committee. 

November 12, 2018 – Board Meeting

Agenda – Superintendent’s Comments & Action Item

Superintendent’s Comments – Infrastructure Committee

Item #17 – 2019 Potential Bond Proposal

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

The Board approved moving forward with studying the potential for a bond.  

December 10, 2018 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure Committee

We discussed the infrastructure committee. 

January 14, 2019 – Board Meeting

Special Report – Bond Update

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

We presented a special report on the potential for the bond. 

February 11, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure/potential bond

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Infrastructure/potential bond was discussed during my commentary.  

March 11, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure/potential bond

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

Infrastructure/potential bond was discussed during my commentary.  

April 8, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure/potential bond

Infrastructure/potential bond was discussed during my commentary.  

May 13, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Infrastructure/potential bond

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

Board Meeting VIdeo – Part 4

Infrastructure/potential bond was discussed during my commentary.  

June 10, 2019

Discussion Item on the Bond. 

June 10, 2019, Board of Education Meeting. Part 1 – YouTube

June 10, 2019, Board of Education Meeting. Part 2 – YouTube

June 10, 2019, Board of Education Meeting. Part 3 – YouTube

June 10, 2019, Board of Education Meeting. Part 4 – YouTube

We presented the recommendations to the board about pursuing a potential bond with a state application. 

June 24, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update & Action Item

Superintendent’s Update – Bond

Item #7 – Resolution approving application for preliminary qualification of bonds.

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

There was a unanimous vote by the Board to approve sending the application to the Michigan Department of Treasury.  

July 22, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update & Action Item

Superintendent’s Update – Bond

Item # 14 – Resolution calling for election and approving bonding proposal

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

There was a unanimous vote by the Board to place the BRICS Bond on the Ballot. 

August 19, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Bond

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

Board Meeting Video – Part 4

September 9, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Bond

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

October 14, 2019 – Board Meeting

Superintendent’s Update – Bond

Board Meeting Video – Part 1

Board Meeting Video – Part 2

Board Meeting Video – Part 3

Board Meeting Video – Part 4

Board Meeting Video – Part 5

Here are some additional links of interest.  

Superintendent Blog post that hit social media on the Infrastructure Committee. 

Happenings in Dearborn Public Schools Show on the Infrastructure Committee. On Youtube and social media. 

Arab American news published a story on the Infrastructure Committee September 2018. 

Detroit News Story on the Bond

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2019/06/15/bond-proposed-upgrades-dearborn-schools/1450290001/

First Bell mailed to all homes  in Dearborn and online regarding the Infrastructure Committee. 

https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2018/11/08/infrastructure-task-force-prepares-recommendation/

First Bell mailed to all homes and on line regarding infrastructure committee recommendations. 

https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2018/12/17/infrastructure-task-force-recommends-bond-prioritizes-needs/

Press and Guide Article on Boundary Lines. http://www.pressandguide.com/news/dearborn-public-schools-narrow-new-boundary-options/article_3905832c-982d-5ee8-82a8-e49ec54db6c1.html

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