City to market school administration building

By: 
EMILY LITTLE

The Tecumseh Public Schools (TPS) Board of Education was informed about steps to market and sell the board administrative office building at Monday night’s meeting.
City Manager Dan Swallow and Economic Development Director Jessica Sattler gave the board an update on the city’s recent Redevelopment Ready Community certification. They both hope to begin a partnership and marketing plan to sell the board building for redevelopment.

“It is certainly underutilized for its size,” Swallow said. “We do believe that there is an opportunity for redevelopment for potentially residential uses.”

With this certification, the state of Michigan can help bring developers to the site and speed up the process of bidding and redevelopment. The city wants to partner with TPS in order to market the site and make it ready for developers. The board approved the marketing plan.

In addition, representatives from TMP Architecture spoke to the board about the bond program involved with this kind of project. President and Chief Marketing Officer Gail Allevato gave the board a timeline for the facility study and spoke about creating a committee of community members to give feedback on the development.

“In 2014 we did an assessment of the buildings, but that was six years ago,” Allevato said. “We’re going to use that as a basis and walk into every building to bring everything up to date.”

Allevato also explained the differences between using voted bonds and sinking funds to finance the project and described their advantages and disadvantages. Hilderley has been actively seeking using sinking funds for district reorganization since he took office. He asked TMP to share with the board the differences between these funds so that they may make a well-informed decision.

The board also discussed the school start date for the 2020-2021 school year. Hilderley proposed August 31 as the start date, which is one week before Labor Day. This is the start date suggested by Lenawee Intermediate School District and will allow TPS to start at the same time as other schools in the area. Board members will vote on the start date at their next meeting.

The board also awarded the bid for the security camera project to Presidio Networked Solutions Group, and the e-rate project to Aunalytics. They also voted to approve the overnight trip request to Portugal and Spain in June of 2021.

In his report, Superintendent Hilderley discussed the new communication protocol with the district. This information will now be easier to find on the TPS website so that parents know the steps for communication.

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