TCS names new chief

Vickie Wheatley was named Tiffin City Schools’ new superintendent during the Tiffin City Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

Wheatley is to replace Superintendent Donald Coletta beginning Jan. 2. Coletta is to retire Dec. 31. Wheatley comes from Eastland-Fairfield Technical Career Center where she served as assistant superintendent.

“I am excited to be given this opportunity to be here,” Wheatley said. “I am honored to be recommended as the next superintendent. I want to thank Mr. Coletta for laying the foundation and I am looking to continue to strive for excellence.”

Other people introduced were new board members Chris Widman, Randy Schwartz and Jeffrey Hoyda.

The board also recognized several coaches and athletes for fall sports. Present were soccer players Mike Brady, John Funk, Josh Gibson, Christian Kiesel, Nolan Miller, Sam Smith, Hunter Stark, Adam Stevens and Tyler Bowers and coach Rob Ochier; boys cross country participants Chris Gates, Brandon Gibson, Tyler Lewis and Adam Young and coach John Kihorany; and football players Codey Chance and Chase Keller and coach Brian Colatruglio.

The board heard presentations from Noble 4-5 Elementary School Principal Mike Newlove about the fourth- and fifth-grade choir. A concert is to take place Dec. 5 at Columbian High School.

Board member Roland Zimmerman also reported on his visit to the Ohio School Board Association’s Capital Conference.

Scott Daniel, director of operations, gave an update on security systems to be implemented. Tiffin Middle School has adopted a buzzer system to gain access to the building. Daniel said they still are working on obtaining a system for Columbian.

Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel for the district, presented several announcements for parents including Third Grade Guarantee statistics and a K-12 assessment review.

Urban also said the library at Columbian is to open early – 6:45-7:45 a.m. – for students to work on homework and to get math and English help.

Spring kindergarten screenings are to take place April 29-30 at the former Lincoln Elementary building.

Columbian Principal Mark Verroco presented updates to the curriculum guide.

School representative Hunter Stark gave an update on the Columbian High School Quiz Bowl team. The team is to compete during the tournament Dec. 5 and is to compete at regionals in April. The team also is to be featured on WNWO’s Academic Challenge and Bowling Green State University’s Brain Game.

In other business the board:

Heard from Coletta that Tiffin City Schools was named to the Fourth Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll from The College Board.

Heard committee reports.

Accepted donations.

Approved the revised School Emergency Procedures Ready Reference manual.

Approved memorandums of understanding between Tiffin City Schools and Heidelberg University for dual enrollment courses, Introduction to Environmental Science and College Writing II for the second semester of the 2013-14 school year.

Approved a memorandum of understanding between Tiffin City Schools and Tiffin University for a dual enrollment course Management 190 for the fall semester of the 2013-14 school year.

Approved a proposal and agreement between Matco Services Inc. and Tiffin City Schools for inspection and assessment of sports lighting pole structures.

Approved an amended North Central Ohio Educational Service Center amount for fiscal year 2014.

The next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium.