‘Knock and Drop’ to educate voters on February 22 Non-PRE election
By DEB WUETHRICH
Tecumseh School Board trustee Jimmie Rice reported that a steering committee charged with helping to educate and inform the public about the upcoming Non-Primary Residence Exemption election on Tuesday, Feb. 22, has planned a “Knock and Drop” campaign for school district voters on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The “Knock and Drop” is a campaign involving knocking on doors throughout the community and dropping off information about the election.
District voters will be asked to support a renewal of 18 mills that will allow Tecumseh Public Schools to continue to receive $2.4 million a year for general operating costs to include such things as textbooks, classroom materials and highly qualified teachers.
Rice said a large turnout would be needed to cover the residential areas within the district. He also reported that committee members have attended several meetings within the community from faculty meetings and PTO meetings to service organizations. The Non-PRE election will be held at the Tecumseh Community Center.
The board members also accepted three gifts from the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation Monday night to include: $400 for Patterson/Herrick Park spring concerts; $1,500 for a fourth grade trip to the Adrian Symphony; and $12,000 for the Tecumseh Schools Orchestra Program. During a Facilities Committee report, board member Karen Januszek noted that an ongoing moisture problem in the orchestra room has been pinpointed to minerals in the water of a humidifier, and said that the problem is now being addressed.
Supt. Mike McAran also thanked the school board members for their service as part of School Board Appreciation Month.
“A lot of schools are cutting programs, but fortunately at Tecumseh Public Schools, our board has decided that everything we can have for the student body such as athletics is worth supporting,” McAran said. He reported that with the district’s $24 million operating budget, it is the city’s second largest business.
“What these board members decide on has a lot to do with what students learn,” McAran said. “I’d like to personally thank them for their time and dedication, which can include coming to meetings at 6 a.m. and staying late into the evening.” He presented each board member with a pen that said, “You make a difference” from the Michigan Association of School Boards. Kathleen Beaudoin also presented the board with a full-sized gorilla cutout from her South Preschool students that contained bananas and said, “Thanks a bunch!” Student photos also were on the artwork.
McAran also reminded the board of the May 3 election when seats held by Robert Kelley and Matt Oren expire. Candidates must file nomination petitions and affidavits of identity with County Clerk Roxann Holloway by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Write-in candidates must file by 4 p.m. April 22. To reach Holloway, call 264.4597.