Tecumseh school board member resigns

Dr. Ed Tritt walks away after resigning from the Tecumseh Schools Board of Education (WNWO).

A Tecumseh School Board member resigned Monday night, citing differences with the board.

"Some people I have confided with have asked me to stay on the board as the voice of reason, but I believe the rest of the board thinks I'm the voice of treason."

Ed Tritt read from a prepared statement during the public comments portion of the meeting, after he was unable to get on the agenda.

"I hope this gives the opportunity for one of you parents out there to take up the cause and get elected this fall."

The resignation comes amidst a strain between board members and a group of parents in the community.

The school has switched to project-based learning, or a curriculum that educated through projects. Students are also graded via a 1, 2, 3 scale.

This way of learning is implemented through the eighth grade.

Tim Simpson is the voice of the concerned parents. On May 2nd, The Lenawee County Election committee approved his petition to recall four board members: Kimberly Amstutz-Wild, Debbie Johnson-Berges, Steve Linn and Jim Rice.

"I think it's going to be a wake up call for the community. Dr. Tripp was on the board for 15 years. He knows a lot of people in the community. He's a straight shooter. Everybody knows that he is. I think it will be a wake up call to the community that something isn't going right."

The school says it appreciates the parents input, and will continue to improve their communication, but there is no current plan to change how they teach the kids.

"We've been working on this for about three years now, so just trying to go back and figure out where we missed out on the communication piece because we did work on the curriculum right here in the media center for a full year here, with about 80 people a part of it," said Superintendent Kelly Coffin.

The board accepted Tritt's resignation at the end of the meeting and will now have to replace him.

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