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Buchanan community voice concerns with Buchanan Community Schools Superintendent

NOW: Buchanan community voice concerns with Buchanan Community Schools Superintendent

BUCHANAN, Mich – Parents, teachers and Buchanan community members voiced concerns with the Buchanan community schools Superintendent Timothy Donahue. 

Donahue has been criticized for some of his decisions including the hiring and firing of staff. 

Longtime Buchanan Elementary School Principal Karen Faulkenstein was assigned to a new position as the Director of Special Education. 

Donahue says his administration has not had the opportunity to meet with teachers and other staff since their April 16thmeeting to address school district business.  

“We feel that the board has not met since that last meeting and has not had an opportunity to respond to those concerns so part of our work this evening is to craft some responses and we’ll be getting that communication back to the members of our teaching staff,” Donahue said. 

Donahue’s critics voiced their displeasure of the school board approving a contract extension for Donahue through 2022. 

"I’m very disappointed in our school board for voting to extend Mr. Donahue’s contract farther in to 2022, tonight there were a lit, tonight there were a lot of community concerns teacher and unfortunately even though our board was asked to table the vote on his extension but they all agreed in favor,” Buchanan Education Association secretary Jessica Elliott said. 

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