School board: Cooperation appreciated

A thank-you from the Tiffin City Board of Education went out to the Clinton Township Trustees and the Clinton Township Zoning Board Tuesday for expediting the rezoning process for the Clinton School property to be sold at public auction April 20.

“We sincerely appreciate the time and effort it took to make this possible,” Board Member Roland Zimmerman said.

Open houses to view the building will be 4-6 p.m. April 5 and noon-2 p.m. April 14.

Boys and girls tennis coach Chip Weingart was presented with the 2013 Ohio High School State Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award.

The board approved bus service for the 2013-14 school year. The service states that students in grades K-5 will be transported from a pick up point outside of one-half mile from their building. Students in grades 6-8 will be transported from a pick up point outside of two miles from their building. There will be no service for students in grades 9-12.

“The savings from not transporting students in grades 9-12 is estimated at $44,000 annually,” Zimmerman said.

He addressed the board about the 17 students attending the Seneca Count School of Opportunity. The district pays about $26,000 per student, Zimmerman said, for a total of about $450,000.

“That is a significant amount of money,” Zimmerman said. “We are continuing to look into (additional) possibilities of budgeting the funds.”

Not transporting grades 9-12 would aid in the funding issues, Zimmerman said.

The board approved a program contract with the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for “Rusty’s Story,” which discusses the dangers of texting and driving. The cost for the program is $200. The program will be presented to Columbian High School students May 2.

Administrator and supervisor contracts were approved for Douglas Hartenstein from July 2013 through June 2016, and for Lindsay Rellinger and Scott Urban from August 2013 through July 2016.

Parents interested in registering children for kindergarten for next school year may attend screenings will be held April 8-9 at the old Lincoln Elementary School building. To register, call Washington K-1 Elementary, at (419) 447-1072.

In other business, the board:

Heard committee reports.

Heard superintendent reports.

Heard director of personnel reports.

Accepted retirement resignations from Mike Fansler, Linda Heilman, Candace Wingert, Carol Radebaugh, Brittany Cowgill, Heather Fisher and Nelene Keckler.

Accepted donations. The Tiffin Charitable Foundation approved a grant of $1,400 for Quiz Bowl equipment. Ralph’s Joy of Living donated an HD LED television to Columbian High School.

Approved a contract with Northwest Ohio Education Technology for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved an agreement with the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved summer 2013-14 special education school year services program.

Approved ending Vanguard-Sentinel satellite programs for Career-Based Intervention at Columbian High School and for Family and Consumer Science at Tiffin Middle School with the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year.

The board entered into executive session to discuss the employment and to prepare for negotiations with public employees. No action was taken by the board.

A special meeting of the Tiffin Board of Education is to be at 9 a.m. April 1 in the Administration building to discuss bids for stadium renovation projects.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. April 23 in the Tiffin Middle School’s cafetorium.