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Tuscola schools received a clean opinion on audit

By Kendra Hennis
The Tuscola School Board, during its meeting on Monday, October 28 was presented a “clean” audit based on the opinion of Mr. Russ Leigh. Leigh found that the school was in compliance with school codes, state statutes, grant requirements, and that their expenses were in check. The board approved the audit. 

During his monthly report, Superintendent Gary Alexander reported that the schools were on track for this current fiscal year. He noted that the leak in Northward had been fixed, the freezer at Northward was fixed, and that with the help of the Ag Department, the freshmen hallway at TCHS was being painted with black and gold stripes for school spirit. 

Alexander also presented information about the levy, where schools receive money, to the board. The board will begin to discuss this at upcoming meetings. 

Principal Reports 
North Ward Principal Jason Wallace presented to the board that he has noticed a change in student’s emotional needs and believes that all students would benefit from a social worker being in all of the schools, instead of just having the two that rotate between all three schools. He hopes that by introducing these concepts at a younger age and providing all children with a safe place, that the schools will get ahead of these problems. Many faculty among Tuscola schools have received training to assist with these needs, but they believe that more needs to be done for the students. This issue was discussed among the board, and more information and solutions will be available at coming meetings. 

Wallace also thanked Kiwanis for all of the work that they have done with the playground and trike path additions at Northward. He noted that parent teacher conferences, the PTO book fair, and Tiger Trot were all a success and thanked all those involved. 

East Prairie Principal Carol Munson reported that the lady hornets are having a successful season and they are currently hosting the JHOC tournament. The boys basketball team has begun practice, and their first game will be November 5. She also noted on Principal Wallace’s report that East Prairie is doing their part to help as well. Mrs. Weinke, one of the guidance counselors hosted a district wellness open house. The event featured different resources in the community and allowed families to make connections with them. She will be doing a follow-up with the students who attended, and hopes to bring this event back in the spring. 

Tuscola Community High School Principal Steve Fiscus was not in attendance, but Superintendent Gary Alexander read his report to the board. He noted on the success of TCHS fall sports and that the TCHS golf season has come to an end, Mason Day and the girl’s cross country team have advanced to Sectionals, and the Varsity football team ended their regular season with a 7-2 record and will be advancing to playoffs this weekend hosting Flora on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. Tuscola’s choirs also have an exciting week ahead with a performance on November 3 and Jazz and ensemble the next day. Alexander also announced that Fiscus has been chosen to be on the IHSA decision committee, and congratulated him on the honor. 

In other business, the board:

* Accepted donations in the amount of $4,410.

* Is still going through information about the current board’s election process. Board member Darold Spillman will have more information in the coming weeks. 

* Entered into closed session to discuss personnel, security, student discipline, and student matters. 

* Revised and approved the Superintendent Evaluation Instrument. 

* Approved the minutes from the September 30 regular board meeting. 

* Approved the minutes from the October 16 special meeting. 

* Approved bills in the amount of 905,563.81. 

* Approved the treasurer and bookkeepers monthly reports. 

* Approved FMLA leave for Lacy Diaz. 

* Tabled the school board goals for the December meeting, with a possible special meeting is needed. 

* Approved moving the December board meeting to December 19.

* Adjourned until the next meeting on November 25 at 7 p.m. 

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