Tecumseh, Britton Deerfield elect brand new school boards entirely
Lenawee County Clerk Roxann Holloway doesn't recall it happening ever during her more than 30 years in the office.
Not one, but two school boards will be completely different following recall elections Tuesday.
Both Britton Deerfield and Tecumseh Schools will have seven brand new school board members starting in 2019.
In each election, four board members were recalled, two were open for a full-term and another for a partial term.
For Tecumseh, it was a clean sweep for a group that started their campaigning on Facebook as the group "Tecumseh 4 Positive Change, Integrity and Uniting the Community."
"We had a united message, and people liked our message evidently."
In Tecumseh, Tim Simpson began the recall effort in April by filing a petition.
He and several other parents were concerned with the route the district was going.
It wasn't only using a new grading system with project-based learning, but also changing the names of its buildings and calling teachers and students, facilitators and learners.
"We're going to talk to the community, the parents, the teachers. We need to know what is working and what isn't working, and modify it from there. Nobody wants to come in and just rip everything out, and start over. We feel like that's what was done before, and we definitely don't want to do that," said new board member, Becky Brooks.
While all the new members ran together in Tecumseh, they do believe each person brings a differing viewpoint.
"That's what you want. You don't want everybody saying yes every time. You want some disagreement and you want some debate. Different people have different ideas on how things should work," added Michael McNamara.
Each superintendent commented on working with seven new people.
Tecumseh Superintendent Kelly Coffin said, "It remains the district's goal to put the best interests of children first, and to create opportunities to develop a passion for learning and prepare them for life beyond the classroom. I have reached out to the new board members to welcome them to their new position and will be meeting with them soon to begin the transition and on-boarding process. It has been my experience that new ideas contribute to the community conversation about education, leading to new pathways for learning. I look forward to working with the new board members as we do the important work of educating our kids."
While Britton Deerfield's Stacy Johnson's statement read, "I want to offer my congratulations to the newly elected board members of Britton Deerfield Schools. I look forward to working with each of them. Our board works tirelessly to provide a high-quality education that prepares Britton Deerfield students for college and careers. Working together, we can ensure our students receive an education in a safe, nurturing environment where they can grow, learn and thrive."
NEW BOARD MEMBERS:
Linda Emery Wielfaert