By DEB WUETHRICH
The Tecumseh School Board held its annual reorganization meeting on Monday, July 19, swearing in Dr. Edward Tritt and Stanley Ames, who were elected to the board in May. They join present board members Karen Januszek, Kevin Packard, Jason Sines, Robert Kelley, and Jimmie Rice.
During an election of officers, Tritt was named president; Januszek, vice president; Rice, secretary; and Ames, treasurer. Tritt, who formerly served eight years on the board, also previously served as president. When approaching the agenda, he took a deep breath and said, “It’s been awhile,” then got down to business.
The board discussed the fact that the district is in a better financial position than previously expected with the state aid act for Fiscal Year 2011 finalized and signed by the governor and a projected cut of $118 eliminated and Section 29 funding restored. In a report, Chief Financial Officer Bill Wright, who was out of state, reported a revenue increase of $489,877 in the budget.
Superintendent Mike McAran led a discussion reviewing cuts the district had to make in order to balance the budget. He made a recommendation to restore the position of principal at Tecumseh High School, and to create a position in the area of pupil accounting.
“We haven’t had that in a long time,” said McAran, “but today there is so much at stake, and you can’t afford to make a mistake.”
He used the example of Tecumseh High School not making AYP due to an error in pupil accounting, and stated that the position would need to be filled by someone who would be solely dedicated to the state record-keeping and accounting process, which now involves precision and tracking of students, even when they move to another district. Currently, various individuals fill out different forms, and having one person do it would provide continuity, McAran said.