Myers, Haeussler are top students in THS senior class

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Tecumseh High School seniors (l-r) Ben Myers and Matt Haeussler.

Members of the Tecumseh School Board were among the first to learn that Tecumseh High School (THS) student Ben Myers was named this year’s Valedictorian, and Matt Haeussler was named Salutatorian. Board President Edward Tritt gave each of them a commemorative medal for their achievement.

“Last year, we made the announcement at a student assembly,” said THS Principal Griff Mills. “This year we wanted to make it more ceremonial and thought we would do it here.”

Myers will be attending MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to study math, and Haeussler will study civil engineering and obtain an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) degree from the University of Alabama.

The recognition took place during the board’s “Good News” portion of the meeting, which was followed by recognition of winter sports teams, who were introduced by Athletic Director Greg Lewis.

Supt. Kelly Coffin gave a presentation summarizing this year’s MEAP (Michigan Education Assessment Program) data, which showed that TPS students scored first in the county in 4th grade reading, 4th grade writing, 4th grade math, 9th grade social studies. Coffin said the results showed how TPS students compared with state scores. They met state cut scores in 11 out of 18 areas.

The figures also showed that 9 out of 13 TPS classes who took previous MEAP assessments improved, while at the state level, it was 5 out of 13, and at the county level, 5 out of 13. District-wide, proficient-scoring students improved 3.62 percent over last year. State level improvement was just .75 percent, while county level improvement was 2.70 percent.

“We look at student growth and see how they are progressing as they take this assessment,” said Coffin, adding that figures show the students are showing growth on the assessment. “We’re proud of our school, but there’s always room for improvement.”

She said when educators look at student growth, it helps identify areas for improvement, and the MEAP test is not the only assessment the district utilizes. “We have other district tools that produce proficiencies,” Coffin added. “But we do use the MEAP test as part of our school improvement, and it is a key piece for us to focus on. At the end of the day, it’s really about ensuring quality instruction for all of our classrooms.”

In other business, the board members:

• Heard a report from Debbie Johnson-Berges that two bids were received to update the district’s board policies and administrative regulations, with a written report and vote to come at a future meeting.

• Approved a resolution for the second budget revision for 2013-14, with total revenues including a fund balance of $4,932,781, of $28,956,157 and total expenditures of $24,449,410. Judy Pfund, Director of Business Services, said some of the adjustments were due to weather-related issues, primarily snow removal and a smaller portion toward utility costs, along with moving some funds to capital projects ($150,000) to anticipate some bigger expenditures than previously budgeted.

• Approved a resolution regarding a Best Practices incentive which allows the district to receive its $52 per pupil incentive payment from the State School Aid Act.

• Heard a reminder of the November 2014 School Election. A two-year term currently being filled by Debbie Johnson-Berges will be on the ballot, along with three six-year seats currently held by Board President Edward Tritt, Board Treasurer Stanley Ames, and Board Secretary Kimberly Amstutz-Wild. Candidates wishing to run for the Tecumseh School Board must file documents with local clerk, Betty Holdridge in Raisin Township, 5525 Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh, on or before July 22 by 4 p.m.




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