TAWAS CITY – Immediately prior to the start of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Tawas Area School (TAS) Board of Education meeting on June 10, a public hearing was held to discuss the district’s proposed 2019-20 budget.

TAS Superintendent Jeff Hutchison outlined the budget, saying that revenues for the general fund are expected to be just under $12.2 million, with expected expenditures just under $12.4 million. 

Hutchison added that the millage to be levied in July, 2019 will total 19.69 mills, including 18.00 mills for the general fund, 1.19 mills for debt retirement, and 0.50 mills for the district’s sinking fund.

Hutchison said that “although the state budget has not been signed at this time, we have used a conservative blend of legislative budget recommendations.” He added that the revenue budget is based on an estimated 1,212 FTE (full-time equivalent), down 32 from last year.

During the regular meeting, the board approved resolutions to adopt the budget and to set the tax levy for the 2019-2020 school year by a vote of 7-0.

The board unanimously approved Athletic Director Matt Unke’s recommendations for coaching positions in the fall, 2019 season. Tim Webb will be head varsity football coach, assisted by Eric Haglund and Mark Cliff. The JV football head coach will be Doug Livingston, and his assistant will be Ryan Fritz. Tim Stein and Scott Jorasz will be 7/8 football coaches.

Ken Cook will coach varsity soccer, while Carol Elowsky, Jillian Pritchett, and Sarah Jordan will coach varsity, JV, and freshman volleyball, respectively. Chris Bolen will guide the cross-country team. Eighth-grade girls’ basketball will be coached by Anna Dalman, and Reuben Edwards will lead the seventh-grade girls’ basketball team. Michelle Edrington will be called upon to coach varsity competitive cheerleading.

The 2019-2020 TAS Board of Education meeting schedule was unanimously approved. Meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month, from July 8, 2019 to June 8, 2020. Special and emergency meetings may be called with proper notification, according to the meeting schedule.

Huron Community Bank, by a vote of 7-0, was designated as the depository for the TAS for the 2019-2020 school year. Hutchison recommended maintaining the relationship with HCB, saying the bank has been “very accommodating and their service has been excellent.”

After the second reading of the 2019-20 building student handbooks, the board approved the changes without dissent.

The annual Membership Resolution to participate in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) was unanimously adopted. At the recommendation of AD Unke, the board added the middle school to the resolution.

A bid from Seymour Carpet and Furniture to replace the flooring in three classrooms and the kitchen in the middle/high school at a cost of $13,271.25 was accepted by the board. Hutchison said that installation will take place upon completion of asbestos removal from those rooms in the summer.