TCS approves 5-year forecast

Tiffin City Board of Education President Kathy Venema asked for a moment of silence for the victims in the Nevada middle school shooting during the regular board meeting Tuesday evening.

Venema also gave an update on the superintendent search to replace Donald Coletta, who is set to retire Dec. 31.

She said the search is under way after the board received information from focus groups that took place earlier this month. Venema said they are going to start screening applications and begin compiling a list of candidates. She said the board hopes to hire a new superintendent by the November meeting.

The board approved the five-year fiscal forecast and assumptions for the district for the years 2013-18.

The forecast includes a renewal property tax levy to be placed on the May 2014 ballot.

The levy is to generate $1,640,000 and is not new money, district Treasurer Sharon Perry said.

If the levy fails, the district could see deficit spending in 2016, she said.

Director of Operations Scott Daniel introduced Marisa Brown as the district’s new technology coordinator. Brown is to replace Jon Hampshire, who resigned as of this month. Brown has worked 11 years in the media relations and technology departments at Tiffin University.

“I want to say ‘thank you’ and I look forward to working with you with many opportunities ahead of us,” Brown said.

The board also heard an update on the science club and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) group. The update was presented by eighth-grade science teacher Jim Mason.

Mason said the program allows students to invest in topics of their interest and to not be concerned with a deadline or grades.

In other business the board:

Heard committee reports.

Heard the first reading of revised board regulation.

Heard the first reading of recommended revised school emergency procedures.

Approved the consent agenda.

Approved employment.

Accepted donations.

Approved the tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year as $4,237.59.

Approved participation as a partner for “Straight A” funding to join with Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center, Seneca East and North Central Ohio Educational Service Center to apply for compressed natural gas to provide less expensive fuel for busing.

Approved an amendment to the contract with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties.

Approved a program contract with NCOESC to provide training in crisis prevention and intervention.

Adopted a resolution to provide for the issuance and sale of bonds in the principal amount of $655,000 to provide funds to pay costs of installations, modifications and remodeling of school buildings to conserve energy as part of the the House Bill 264 project by the Brewer-Garett Co.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium.