Tecumseh Schools ready for opening day
With more than a week left before the first day of school for students, Tecumseh Public Schools is in its fully operational mode. The floors are waxed, the lawns are mowed, and the buses are in topnotch mechanical condition. School doors open for Tecumseh and other Lenawee County students Tuesday, Sept. 4.TPS Supt. Mike McAran said that everything is ready for the new school year, and that he expects student enrollment to hold steady from last year, which is good news for the school system because much of the district’s revenue is derived from the foundation allowance for each pupil, which is money from the state for each student in attendance. With enrollment steady, the impact on the school budget is minimal. The official student count will not be determined until several weeks after the beginning of school, however, when the state mandates one of two annual enrollment assessments.Although student enrollment is not expected to increase, Tecumseh’s senior class last year was tabulated at 191 in the fall count. This year’s senior class, based on the same count, is expected to be 228.“We will be calling back one elementary teacher and hiring two more,” McAran said Tuesday. The new hires will be replacing teachers who retired, moved or are on medical leave. “Even though our numbers are not expected to be substantially up, we’re seeing families moving here from Woodhaven and Troy and other bigger school districts, who have been attracted by the programs that we have and the atmosphere that Tecumseh and its schools offer,” he said. Although the students will not start until after Labor Day, the teachers will be getting ready to receive them next week. Wednesday is a full day for Tecumseh teachers as they join their Lenawee County colleagues in Adrian High School’s Performing Arts Center for a presentation by nationally-recognized author and humorist Jack Berckemeyer, who will discuss practical, yet subtle ways to maintain order in a classroom on a day-to-day basis. Berckemeyer’s classroom management seminar was arranged by the Lenawee Intermediate School District for all teachers in the countywide public education district. In the afternoon the Tecumseh teachers will return for meetings in their individual school buildings.Thursday, TPS teachers will spend the day in professional development seminars covering such topics as assessment and curriculum management. School staff get the rest of the Labor Day weekend off to relax in preparation for September and the beginning of the first trimester of the school year.When students return to school, they will not see any big changes in time schedules or food service prices. A full day for high school students is still 7:45 a.m. to 2:46 p.m., for middle school it’s 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for elementary students it’s 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. Breakfast at all schools is $1.25; lunch in elementaries is $2.25; middle school, $2.35; and high school, $2.50. All premium meals are $3.25 and all milk is $.45.The pay-to-play fee to participate on sports teams is $110 for middle school students and $165 for high school students, per season.Information on menus, events, a full calendar of the school year, and much more is online at www.tps.k12.mi.us.