Supt. presents State of the District for Tecumseh Public Schools

Megan Linski

Superintendent Kelly Coffin addressed the Tecumseh Public School (TPS) board with her State of the District update on March 14. The address contained details about the district’s operating revenue, expenditures, district enrollment, graduation rates and discipline data.

Operating revenue for the 2015-16 school year, as of January 2016, was $26,029,922. The breakdown of revenue and revenue sources is: $21,603,592, state government; $2,747,154, Tecumseh School District; $1,366,580, Lenawee Intermediate School District; and $312,596, federal government.

Projected expenditures for the 2015-16 school year total $26,552,683. The breakdown is: $16,102,235, instructional costs; $2,084,868, support services; $1,431,903, school administration; $2,468,980, operations and maintenance; $1,244,583, transportation; and $3,220,114, other expenses. This creates a $522,761 deficit between revenue and expenses. The board determined that it would use Fund Equity to cover the difference.

“This is where we’re supposed to be right now,” Coffin said. “We do not expect that it will be that great of a difference at the end of the school year.”

District enrollment for this year totals 2,963, down from a high of 3,187 in the 2008-09 school year. This year, TPS had a total of 411 students leave, while gaining 369 to obtain a net loss of 42 students. Out of these 411 students leaving TPS, 156 went to Britton Deerfield, 163 transferred to Clinton, 27 headed to Adrian, 25 went to Onsted, 29 to Madison, and 11 attending various other schools. From the 369 students joining TPS, 228 were from Adrian, 47 came from Clinton, 21 were from Britton Deerfield, 20 moved from Onsted, and 53 joined from various other districts.

Tecumseh High School (THS) has a graduation rate of 96.77 percent with only 1.08 percent of students dropping out. Sixty-eight percent of graduates enroll in post-secondary programming immediately after high school, while 75 percent of students enroll in post-secondary education sometime after the first year of high school. The top 10 post-secondary institutions that THS graduates attend are Jackson College, Washtenaw Community Col-lege, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Siena Heights University, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Toledo, and University of Michigan. Although graduation rates are quite high, Coffin stated that the district needs to keep working on lowering the drop-out rate. “The best thing for our students is to be in the classroom,” Coffin said. “We need to take a proactive approach throughout the district.”

During the 2014-15 school year, out of 839 students, 10 received in-school suspensions, while 22 received out-of-school suspensions. Those numbers have stayed relatively the same, with nine out of 839 students receiving in-school suspensions, and 23 students receiving out-of-school suspensions for the 2015-16 school year. Coffin said the school district is currently working on increasing the level of security in schools.

“The safety of our students is a top priority,” Coffin said. “We want to be prepared for when things happen, whatever they may be.”


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