Vote totals are shown Tuesday night at the Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds after votes in the Adrian school bond issue were tabulated.

Adrian Public Schools bond issue fails by 254-vote margin

The Adrian school district’s $39 million bond issue, which would have funded a variety of technological and infrastructure improvements as well as a new central middle school campus, has failed. The final tally was 1,332 in favor to 1,586 against, for a margin of about 9 percent. Here’s how the vote broke down by precinct:

Precinct 1 (Adrian’s 1st precinct plus Raisin Township): 193 yes, 191 no. Precinct 2 (Adrian’s 2nd and 3rd precincts plus Palmyra Township): 84 yes, 164 no. Precinct 3 (Adrian Township): 362 yes, 489 no. Continue Reading

AHS principal Kevin Ohrman and board president Jed Engle cut the ribbon on the new Global Learning Center during the Monday meeting of the Adrian Public Schools Board of Education.

Adrian High School cuts ribbon on new Global Learning Center

Not so long ago, high school libraries were evolving into “media centers,” reflecting the changing times and the impact of technology on the printed word. In 1990, for example, the high school library still had shelves or “stacks” filled with books, tables and chairs set up to encourage quiet study, and the ubiquitous card catalog, with its 3×5 cards describing the library’s extensive collection of books. Fast-forward to 2015 and open the door to the Adrian High School “Global Learning Center.” This student-designed concept gives students a welcoming, modern area for study and research at the high school level while staying connected to the world of people and information. The newly-redesigned space, christened the “Global Learning Center,” was officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony during the board of education meeting Monday night. AHS principal Kevin Ohrman and board president Jed Engle snipped the Maple-blue ribbon. Continue Reading

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Not registered to vote? Today is the deadline for February election

If you live in the Adrian school district and you’re not currently registered to vote, today is your last chance to register before the February 24 school bond election. Click here for information about registering to vote in Michigan. A note about polling places: The Adrian school district extends outside the city of Adrian (and not every part of the city is within the school district, although most of it is). All voters will cast their ballots at the Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds. If you want to know what precinct you’ll be in for this election, click here … Continue Reading

The title page of a presentation about the APS bond proposal. Scroll to the bottom of this story for a link to the full presentation.

February 24 school bond vote to address academics, technology, infrastructure

What can $39 million buy? According to the Adrian school district, critical improvements to academics, technology and infrastructure — if voters approve a proposed bond issue February 24. About 100 people were in the audience an informational open house January 21 at Adrian High School, which included an interactive presentation by Superintendent Bob Behnke and an open house-style opportunity for one-on-one conversations about how the money would be spent if the ballot issue is approved. Behnke said the bond issue targets improvements in four significant areas, “critical infrastructure improvements, upgrades to athletic facilities, program and technology upgrades and the Central Campus.” Behnke outlined the process the district followed in determining the needs for academics, athletics and arts, explaining how the final proposal grew out of the district’s strategic plan with its focus on academics, arts and athletics; a positive school culture and climate, community connections and organizational effectiveness. Behnke said the proposal addresses each of these areas to better prepare students to meet the challenges of the future. Continue Reading

Adrian High School was one of eight Lenawee County schools named a "Reward School" by the Michigan Department of Education.

State releases top-to-bottom school rankings; eight Lenawee schools on ‘Reward’ list

Eight Lenawee County schools are on the state of Michigan’s recently-released “Reward Schools” list, while three others have been notified that the state wants them to work on closing the achievement gap between their highest- and lowest-performing students. The state recently released its top-to-bottom ranking of every school in Michigan. At the same time, the Michigan Department of Education put out a list of “Reward Schools,” “Focus Schools” and “Priority Schools.” When you look at the top-to-bottom rankings below, you’ll notice that some of the Reward Schools fall lower on the top-to-bottom ranking than buildings that did not get Reward School status. That’s because Reward School status can also be achieved by showing fast improvement or outperforming schools with similar demographics. Continue Reading

It's a gray morning, with thunderstorms predicted for later today.

Morning Update: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It’s a chilly, rainy morning, and while the temperatures are supposed to warm up later today, the weather won’t get any nicer — the National Weather Service is predicting a 90% chance of thunderstorms and a high of 68. Election news: The Adrian school district’s operating millage renewal passed overwhelmingly, with 1,054 votes for and 249 votes against — slightly more than a 4-to-1 margin. Millage renewals also passed in these school districts: Clinton (206-41), Morenci (164-29), and Onsted (300-114). However, a request by the Britton Deerfield school district for a sinking fund levy failed by a vote of 115 for and 130 against. Data wonks can see the precinct-by-precinct totals and turnout numbers by downloading the Lenawee County clerk’s report here. Continue Reading

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Morning Update (Election Day edition): Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Good morning, Adrian! For voters in the Adrian school district, don’t forget that there’s an election day for the renewal of the district’s 18.2517-mill non-homestead operating levy. Some information about the vote:

The non-homestead levy does not affect taxes on people’s primary homes; it only affects industrial and commercial property, some agricultural property, and some second homes. A “yes” vote does not increase taxes on those properties; it just means they will stay the same. If the millage renewal is not approved, the state will not make up the difference in funding, and the district stands to lose about $4 million. Continue Reading

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Custodial contract among Adrian school board’s agenda items; read the complete agenda here

The Adrian Public Schools Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the Adrian High School cafeteria, 785 Riverside Ave. The agenda includes a contract with Aramark for custodial services; the district’s previous contract with PCMI is expiring this summer. Continue reading to see the complete agenda for Monday’s board meeting. Adrian school board meeting for May 5, 2014 by AdrianToday
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