School Superintendent placed on administrative leave
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
CLIO, MI (WNEM) -
TV5 is following breaking news out of Clio, where school Superintendent Dr. James Tenbusch has been placed on administrative leave.
This comes on the heels of a picture that sparked outrage with parents at the high school.
WNEM TV5 talked to a board member, who said the move wasn't related to the overcrowding issue but had to do with an accumulation of things over Dr. Tenbusch's tenure.
Former assistant superintendent Fletcher Spears has been named to the position in the interim.
Last week, the boys and girls track team from Clio packed onto an overcrowded bus to take them more than 40 minutes away to a meet in Holly. Linseman's son was one of them. On Tuesday night, she demanded answers from the Clio school board.
"The picture is worth a thousand words," said Heather Linseman, a Clio parent. "I am very outraged at the fact that not even significant busing could be provided for my child or for the others."
During her time at the podium, Linseman played a voicemail from an official she said is with the Michigan Department of Education, who said the bus should have never left over-capacity.
"When you mess up, you fess up. It's unfortunate that the incident happened. It won't happen again," said Dr. James Tenbusch, Clio's superintendent.
Tenbusch sent an apology letter to parents following the incident. His investigation revealed that 81 students were transported; that is 10 more than the state guidelines set in place.
"I think this goes back to the superintendent and where he's trying to cut corners, and my children's safety is not where he is going to cut corners at," said Linseman.
TV5 asked Tenbusch if it was due to budget issues.
"Absolutely not, has nothing to do with budget," said Tenbusch.
Tenbusch said the track team only ordered one bus for the trip, and the decision to leave with it overcrowded falls on the driver. But the union representative, who represents the driver, said there may have been more to this.
TV5 will, of course, continue to follow as it develops.
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