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Superintendent suing local school district

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James Tenbusch - Photo courtesy of Clio Schools website James Tenbusch - Photo courtesy of Clio Schools website

A local superintendent is filing suit against the school district for which he currently works. James Tenbusch of Clio schools is suing the school board after he was placed on administrative leave in April.

The district never revealed the reasons behind that administrative leave, and now Tenbusch claims it was retaliation for him reporting misconduct by the board and others.

In April, 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.

During a meeting addressing the issue, a parent 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.

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.

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 Tenbusch's tenure.

As of this month, Tenbusch is working in the district once again as the superintendent of community education, a position his complaint calls a demotion.

He wants more than $100,000 in damages.

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