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April 12, 2014

TCAPS board will form transition committee

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Area Public Schools board members will finalize a committee to begin the search for a new superintendent at their meeting Monday night.

“Until we do that, we can’t formally meet as a committee,” board secretary Scott Hardy said. “We want to make sure we have board approval so we can start the process.”

Three three board members likely will be on the superintendent transition committee to guide the search process for a new administrator. Superintendent Stephen Cousins announced in March that he’ll retire from TCAPS July 1.

Board members also hope to authorize an international partnership between Weiming Education Group and TCAPS so that Chinese exchange students can begin attending high school in Traverse City.

“There’s a reciprocal relationship, but this is more focused on the initial concern, which is getting the Weiming students into Traverse City and defining responsibilities and making sure that we have an agreement everyone is comfortable with,” Hardy said.

Board members also will consider a few facilities projects, including three classroom renovations at Central Grade School, upgrades to the temperature control system at Traverse City West Middle School and musical storage lockers at Traverse City West Middle School and Traverse City Central High School.

Those projects could total $682,000, which would come out of the bond capital project budget and a bond allocation for critical projects.

Paul Soma, TCAPS associate superintendent of finance and operations, will give board members an update on the State School Aid Act and the legislature’s budget approval process.

He also will recommend that board members reauthorize The Greenspire School for five years as a charter school within the district, though board members will not take any action on it until the next full board meeting in May.

Monday’s meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at the Tompkins Boardman Administration Center, 412 Weber St., in Traverse City.

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