By DEB WUETHRICH
The first order of business for the Tecumseh School Board at 6 p.m. on Monday night was to administer the oath of office to new member Jimmie Rice. The board then went into closed session until 7 p.m. and after coming back into open session, elected a new slate of officers. The slate was approved with a 5-2 roll call vote, with Lou Englund and Jason Sines voting no.
Debbie Johnson-Berges will serve as president, Karen Januszek as vice president, Dan Gunder, as secretary, and Kevin Packard as treasurer. The board then took care of several resolutions that needed to be voted on as part of its annual organizational meeting, including the naming of depositories.
The board also approved an amendment and extension to its pupil transportation services agreement with First Student, which extends service for five years, including a three year freeze on rates ($833,911 for 2009-2012 for 173 days of service), and a two percent increase the final two years ($850,511 for 2012-2013, $867,768 for 2013-2014).
Prior to approving bids totaling more than $80,000 for seal coating at various Tecumseh school building sites, board member Lou Englund, made a motion to seek bids from more than one contractor, but the motion failed.
Following the regular meeting, the board again went into closed session to conduct an evaluation review and contract review for Superintendent Mike McAran. School employees may request a closed session for such reviews. The board then came back into open session and voted to continue McAran’s employment for the period July 1, 2009 and ending on June 30, 2013. The superintendent will be paid $111,224 for the 2009-2010 school year, with no salary step or percentage increases.