Board approves audit with $5.2 million fund balance

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Tecumseh School Board officials accepted and approved the 2012-2013 District Audit at the Monday, Oct. 28, meeting. The board had discussed the audit at its previous meeting and this approval finalized the process for the year’s budget, with Executive Director of Finance and Operations, Judy Pfund, stating there were no changes since that time.

The district ended the year with a General Fund balance of $4.9 million. Combined with a fund balance for the pool of $16,000 and a Food Service fund balance of $284,000, the district closed out the year with a fund balance of $5.2 million in its $24 million budget.

District Supt. Kelly Coffin reported that goal leaders were scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for a Strategic Planning Kick-off.

Members of the community will be invited to take part in the process to help steer the future of Tecumseh Public Schools, Coffin said.

The board also took action on the purchase of a wireless communications system to replace an older one that is no longer able to be refurbished. The cost of the new system, which allows communication within the building and to other district buildings, was $15,024. The cost of the system will be taken from the district’s general fund.

The board also accepted two gifts at the meeting. The Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation donated $6,000, asking that $1,000 each be allocated to Tecumseh Middle School Band, Tecumseh Middle School Choir, Tecumseh Middle School Orchestra, Tecumseh High School Band, Tecumseh High School Orchestra and Tecumseh High School Choir.

Busch’s made donations totaling $1,000, benefiting all four elementary schools and Tecumseh Middle School.

During the “Good News” portion of the meeting Tecumseh High School students Abby Mendez, Katie Bartenslager and Abby Keyser represented Karen Arnold’s World History class, reporting on a trip 57 students had taken to the Arab American Museum. The young women reported that one of the purposes of the trip was to discover the Muslim community, to interact with the culture, and to help destroy negative stereotypes.

Todd Thieken, Director of Curriculum and Technology, also reported that the district’s students took some MEAP tests online, the first time it’s been offered that way.

“I think it was a very good experience and feedback from the students was that they liked it more than the paper and pencil format,” Thieken said. He added that results could possibly come a little faster than in the written format, and said districts received results in Dec-ember last year. “We’re hoping we may see something by early December.”

The Board went into a closed session at 7:30 p.m. to consider a periodical personnel evaluation for the Superintendent.

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