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LSC school board approves new budget and adds two new clubs to Tecumseh Middle School

Tecumseh Middle School will now have an E-sports and a Family and Consumer Science club. The school board also adopted its 2022 budget.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021 10:26 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-Tecumseh Middle School will now have an E-sports and a Family and Consumer Science club.

The Lafayette School corporation School board approved the creation of both at tonight's meeting.

Superintendent Les Huddle says these organizations will serve as feeders to the existing clubs that are popular at Jeff High School.

He says E-sports is growing in popularity so the board felt it was important to extend how long students can participate.

"The kids don't just play video games they get a lot of computer knowledge and software design and other things other than just sitting and playing games," said Huddle. 

Both of the organizations compete against other schools.

The school board also adopted its 2022 budget.

Huddle says the corporation is still negotiating with its teacher's union and other employees on salaries and benefits.

When state legislators passed the budget a stipulation was added which requires school corporations to start teachers pay at $40,000 a year.

Huddle says they aren't sure yet how that is going to affect them moving forward, but that they don't predict any significant financial issues.

"The thing that some people may not understand is if you bump a group of teachers that aren't making $40,000 up to $40,000 you also have to consider all the other employees and all the other teachers to be fair to them and get an appropriate salary increase also," said Huddle. 

The school board did pass a tax anticipation warrant which is a way to borrow against future property tax draws.

Huddle says the board did that to have a safety net should any budgetary issues come the corporation's way.

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