School board recognizes retiring teachers, staff

During the Tiffin City Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, several retiring teachers, staff and students were recognized for their achievements over the years.

Principals Mike Steyer of Noble 4-5 and Candy Wingert of Washington K-1 elementary schools will be retiring. Steyer served the education system for more than 35 years. Wingert was principal at Washington for 16 years. Mike Newlove, formerly of Clinton Elementary, will take over for Steyer at Noble. The board is currently holding interviews for the position at Washington.

Other honorees recognized were retiring teachers Mary Clime of Noble, Mike Fansler of Tiffin Middle School, Jan Foy of Noble, Joyce Gibson of TMS, Linda Heilman of Columbian, Stacey Kiesel of TMS, Curtis King of Columbian, Jeri Ross of Noble, Susan Shank of TMS, Darlene Shore of Krout and Linda Wise of Washington.

Support staff retirement recognitions included Margaret Distel of Columbian, Sandra Kuntz of Krout, and Carol Radebaugh of Columbian.

Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel for Tiffin City Schools, provided the board with basic information about the common core state standards for language arts and mathematics curriculum.

The board adopted these standards more than a year ago, Urban said. They are a tool for teachers and clear goals for learning.

“States can voluntarily adopt these standards. Ohio adopted the standards in 2010 and is one of 45 states that have adopted the standards,” Urban said. “These standards provide students with career- and college-ready skills, have more clarity and provide a higher order of thinking.”

He said math standards will be geared toward a more conceptual understanding of skills and fluency and provide a deeper application of the problems. Language arts standards are geared toward knowledge through content and more nonfiction and informational texts.

Barbra Bond, a Tiffin resident and retired teacher for the Fremont City Schools, addressed the board with concerns about the standards. She said they sound good but in relation to real-world skills that continue to change, they should focus more on building a better person.

The board approved the purchase of a used Jeep being leased from Coppus Motors Inc. at the cost of $10,600, plus title, to be paid using permanent improvement funds.

The board also recognized the student representatives for the year, Chris Daniel and Mason McCool. Daniel will be attending the University of Notre Dame studying aerospace engineering and McCool will be attending The Ohio State University majoring in nursing and childhood development.

Hunter Stark was announced as the student representative for the next school year.

In other business, the board:

Heard committee reports

Heard superintendent reports. The first reading of revised board policies and regulations that will be voted on during the June board meeting.

Accepted donations.

Authorized Columbian High School and Tiffin Middle School as members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved the 2013 Tiffin Columbian graduating class.

Approved proposed building rental fees discussed during the April board meeting.

Approved the Tiffin Columbian High School Marching Band trip to Chicago.

Approved 2013-14 parent and student handbooks.

Approved the 2013 elementary summer school program.

Approved the 2013-14 Resident Educator program presented at the April board meeting.

Approved a dual-enrollment course of anatomy and physiology with Tiffin University.

Approved professional staff positions for the 2013-14 school year.

The board entered into executive session to discuss the employment and compensation of public employees and to review negotiations with public employees. No action was taken.

The board plans a special meeting to discuss new windows at Columbian High School. The meeting will be at 8 a.m. June 18 at the Administration building, 244 S. Monroe St.

The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. June 25 in the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium.