Schools chief Coletta to retire

The Tiffin City Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Donald Coletta during Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

Coletta submitted his resignation for retirement purposes.

“Mr. Coletta has served the district well for the past nine years,” Board President Kathy Venema said.

Coletta said he submitted his resignation now to give the board sufficient time to find his replacement.

“Tiffin City Schools was an outstanding school district before I came here and it will be an outstanding school district long after I am gone,” he said. “We have great students and a great staff. We also have a community that values and supports public education. It has been my good fortune to work here.”

Coletta also said, “We have a considerable amount of work to do between now and the end of December. I am committed to completing that work and providing a smooth transition for the school district.”

During the meeting, the board recognized Lee Sponseller, who is to retire after working as a custodian for the district for 24 years.

Tiffin Columbian senior Hunter Stark joined the board as the new student representative. He is in his fourth year of soccer, tennis and band, and he also is a member of the Columbian quiz bowl team.

Board member Mike Klepper updated the board on the Frost Kalnow Stadium Fundraising Campaign.

To date he said there have been $1.12 million in corporate donations. Donors include National Machinery, the Kalnow family, Tiffin University, Calvert, Old Fort Bank, Reineke Family Dealerships and more. The public phase of the campaign is to begin Friday with the raffle of a 2013 Ford Focus donated by Reineke. Tickets are $20 or three for $50 and seven for $100.

Director of Operations Scott Daniel gave an update on the stadium project. Daniel said phase one of the project was completed in time for the first football game Friday.

Coletta gave the board an update on the House Bill 264 and Design Build projects. The projects have been approved and attorneys for Brewer-Garret Co. and Tiffin City Schools are working on construction agreements, Coletta said.

The board also approved the lowest bus purchase bids to trade in two buses from Cardinal Bus Sales & Service Inc.

In other business, the board:

Heard committee reports.

Approved the consent agenda.

Accepted donations.

Approved several purchase agreements with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, including an agreement to provide character education lessons for Tiffin Columbian Connection’s students, to provide lunches for the Family Learning Center for the 2013-14 school year at a cost of $30, for FileMaker Pro Database services, for professional development sessions for Google Apps and Promethean Boards, teacher evaluation systems and math lessons that align to the common core.

Agreed to deny participation to Tiffin City School extracurricular activities to home-educated students who do not live in the district.

Approved a program memorandum of understanding with Terra State Community College for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved the bus driver handbook.

Approved an agreement with the Juvenile Detention Center and Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio.

Approved foreign exchange students to waive their tuition for the 2013-14 school year.

The board entered into executive session to discuss the employment of a public employeem and no action was taken.

The next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Tiffin Middle School Cafetorium.