Board approves pact with cheerleading coach

During the regular Tiffin City Board of Education meeting Tuesday, the board entered into executive session to investigate a complaint against a public employee.

Brad Gillig of Tiffin filed a complaint with Tiffin City Schools against cheerleading coach Teresa Hartman. The complaint was regarding the teams performing illegal stunts.

Hartman said she just wanted the issue put to rest. She declined any further comment.

According to board member Dawn Iannantuono, Hartman had opted to resign, then requested her position back sometime in May. The board returned from the executive session and voted 4-1 to approve the one-year pupil activity contracts for Hartman as cheerleading varsity coach for the fall and winter terms.

Iannantuono voted against approval of the contracts.

“From seeing the information this evening, I could not, in good conscience, vote for her,” Iannantuono said.

Hartman has served as cheerleading coach for the past five years, Superintendent Donald Coletta said.

Also during the meeting, the board was introduced to new staff. Kelly Stahl is to serve as the Washington K-1 Elementary principal from July 1 through June 30, 2016. Stahl worked for the Fostoria City Schools District for 17 years and is coming from Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools, where she served as assistant principal and curriculum director.

Other new staff introductions were Gregory Bishop, Dan Gilbert, Cody Myers, Jaclyn Adkins, Lisa Miller and Amber Plikerd.

Athletic recognition was given to Tiffin Columbian’s track team and coaches, who were Northern Ohio League champions. Champions recognized were members of the 4X200 relay team Michaela Sharlow, Chandler Carley, Annie Demith and McKenna Theis; 1600 meters, Brandon Gibson; 400-meter

dash, Annie Demith; and 3200 meters, Tyler Lewis. Coaches recognized were Amy Cooper, head girls track coach; Marcia Focht, head boys track coach; and John Kihorany, Jason Schar, Mike Meadows and Eric Brown, assistant coaches.

Columbian High School Principal Mark Verroco introduced a program called Tiffin Columbian Connection. The program is to aid freshmen and sophomores who need extra help.

“This team is to help students become more connected to Columbian and to help them graduate with all the credits they need,” Verroco said.

The board also approved a motion to solicit bids for the purchase of two school buses and approved an Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund Grant to be used to install emission controls on eight buses.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to authorize the Brewer-Garrett Co. to submit to the Ohio School Facilities Commission, on the district’s behalf, a request to participate in the school energy conservation financing program through House Bill 264.

The project is to help the district save on energy costs through lighting and utility savings, and to replace the 54-year-old windows at Columbian High School.

In other business, the board:

Heard committee reports.

Accepted donations.

Approved memorandums of understanding with the Tiffin Education Association and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

Approved compensation level increases and wage schedules for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved a contract with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties from July 1 to June 30, 2014.

Approved a transportation agreement with Jennifer Heck for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved a contract with Honeywell for Instant Alert Services for the 2013-14 school year, and approved a three-year service agreement with Honeywell effective July 1.

Approved a dual enrollment agreement with Tiffin University effective with the 2013-14 school year.

Approved 2013-14 staff handbooks.

Approved Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services Cooperative agreement.

Approved a fund transfer from the General Fund to the 009 Uniform School Supplies Fund to cover student school fees.

Approved a subscription with Renaissance Learning Inc.

The next regular meeting is to be 7 p.m. July 23 in the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium.