TCS moves ahead on chief search

The Tiffin City Board of Education began its meeting Tuesday evening with a moment of silence for Tiara Angel and Stormie Huey, Washington K-1 students who died in a fire Sept. 15.

Board President Kathy Venema gave an update on the search for a new superintendent. She said with the help of the Ohio School Board Association, the position has been advertised across the state and nation.

The district is to hold an open forum for the public at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Tiffin Middle School.

“The forum is for individuals to come and express their opinions on what they feel the district needs and what they want to see in a superintendent,” Venema said.

During the meeting, the board was given a presentation on Tiffin Columbian High School’s ACT preparation classes implemented last yearColumbian Principal Mark Verocco said the courses are scheduled again this year. There are six classes for $10 each or $40 for all six. Deadline to register is Tuesday. The ACT is to be given Oct. 26 at the high school, Verocco said.

The board recognized Rachel Hopple who is to retire from Tiffin City Schools as a intervention specialist after 25 years.

Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel for the district, and building principals gave their individual reports and reactions on the districts report card results.

The new A-F report card system began this year. The district was graded on nine components within six indicators. The district is to receive an overall grade in 2015. The district received an A for indicators met; B for performance index; C for overall value-added; C for gifted value-added; C for the lowest 20 percent in achievement value-added; D for students with disabilities value-added; C for annual measurable objectives; B for students graduating in four years; and B for students graduating in five years.

The district also is to hold its third annual Charting the Course meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Tiffin Middle School’s cafetorium.

Superintendent Donald Coletta said the meeting is planned for an hour with the first 20 minutes for reviewing the completed course plan that was implemented last year. There were 18 recommendations and most were implemented, Coletta said. Also to be discussed is the plan for 2013-16. The final 40 minutes is open to the public for questions and concerns.

In other business the board:

Heard committee reports.

Heard the first reading of recommended revised board policies.

Accepted donations.

Agreed to defer the district’s Ohio Facility Construction Commission project to a date to be determined. The district is not accepting funding, and is not preparing for a facility project.

Approved 2013-14 fourth- and fifth-grade walking program.

Approved grade 7 science supplemental materials.

Approved grade 8 technology course of study.

Adopted a permanent appropriations resolution for fiscal year 2014.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium.