DeWitt School Board: Tecumseh project moves forward

Board members Maren King, Dennis Resetarits and Virginia Murphy were sworn in to continue their service with the Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education moments before the regularly scheduled meeting held July 9.

Once the meeting began, topics included the superintendent's disciplinary report, and an addition to Tecumseh Elementary School as well as other renovation projects within the J-D district.

The Tecumseh addition, approved by voters last year, is part of a $5.3-million overall project that will provide renovations and additions for several J-D buildings. The Tecumseh portion of this project, which is budgeted at approximately $4-million, will include the construction of a new library-media center, four new classrooms, and an enlarged kitchen and cafeteria.

The board allocated $40,000 to repair the track around the high school football field, which is scheduled to be completed this summer. Also scheduled for this summer are repairs to the roof over the high school library. The roof over the pool at the middle school is also slated for repair, but at this point, the completion for this particular project remains uncertain.

Superintendent Alice Kendrick gave a disciplinary report detailing the record of code of conduct violations during the 2006-2007 year. Overall, high school suspensions and superintendent hearings increased, while elementary and middle school suspensions remained low.

Kendrick said attendance infractions such as tardiness have increased, and noted that parents were likely to be at fault for this in the case of middle school students, since these kids cannot transport themselves to school. This prompted a brief discussion as to what measures might be taken to correct the problem. Kendrick also said that drug and alcohol violations at J-D high school had increased slightly but were still small in number compared to other schools of its size.

Kendrick noted that cheating and plagiarism have increased on a broad scale due to the use of Internet technology and cell phones, as has been evident in school districts across the nation. She was happy to report a decrease in harassing behavior and fighting, which primarily occur in middle and high school.

The J-D board of education generally meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the district office. Check the district web site, jamesvilledewitt.org, for the date and time of the next meeting.

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