By DEB WUETHRICH
Block scheduling at Tecumseh High School will remain in place for the coming academic year. Tecumseh School Board President Debbie Johnson-Burges read a statement noting that block scheduling was just one of several programs that were evaluated as part of the board’s goals. “Block scheduling is one of them, and we must look at it both educationally and financially,” she said.
Many students and parents stepped forward earlier this school year to share their views on the benefits of block scheduling, which includes 90-minute seminar periods within a semester system. Both groups said they valued the seminar time because students could receive additional assistance, work on group projects, and have opportunities to finish homework which facilitated participation in extracurricular activities and after-school jobs. District officials have looked at the possibility of going to a trimester system, which some other schools have done.
“The Board will continue to assess the value of all programs we offer at Tecumseh Public Schools to ensure that we are able to provide academic excellence in the most cost effective manner,” Johnson-Berges said.
The board also reviewed an artist’s rendering during a report about a proposed concession building that would also house a ticket office, restrooms and storage space. Finance Director Bill Wright said that the preliminary costs were estimated to be approximately $138,000, mostly for materials, and that he expected some of the labor to be donated.
Wright said he expected approximately 70 percent of the funding to be privately raised.
A Concession Steering Committee has been formed to explore fundraising possibilities, and Tecumseh Athletic Director Griff Mills is coordinating a brick sale fundraiser toward the project.