Departing TCS board members, Coletta recognized

Three board members and the superintendent were recognized for their service during the Tiffin City School Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening.

Board member Mike Klepper served two years and member Dawn Iannantuono served 18 years with 10 years as president.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve this board,” Iannantuono said. “It has been a labor of love for me. As I reflect on the years I have served the board, it is hard to not focus on the negative, but this district is strong and we fight back. I have served during the building of the new middle schools and it is exciting to think of the positive things.

“I am proud of this district and I am going to miss it.”

Klepper also said it was an honor and privilege to be on the board and to support and serve the district in any way possible.

Also recognized was Board President Kathy Venema, who is leaving after 10 years on the board.

“I enjoyed serving on the board and I feel the board will be in good hands,” she said.

Also leaving at the end of the month is Superintendent Donald Coletta.

“I enjoyed working with a board and community that valued a good education and set high expectations for the district,” Coletta said.

During the meeting the board scheduled its organizational meeting for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the administration building, 244 S. Monroe St.

The board voted Shirley Smith as president pro tem to serve the meeting and Roland Zimmerman as vice president pro tem.

The board approved a resolution to put a replacement levy on the May ballot. The renewal levy is to generate $1,640,000.

“This is an existing levy; it is not an increase to the taxpayers,” District Treasurer Sharon Perry said.

The resolution is to submit the renewal to the county auditor to calculate the appropriate millage by Feb. 5 to be placed on the May 6 ballot, Perry said.

Scott Daniel, director of operations for the district, gave an update on the holiday giving project, which raised $1,300 to purchase 156 hams to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Daniel also updated the board on the “Straight A” Fund grant application, saying TCS did not make it through the second round.

The “Straight A” Fund provides funds to educational entities in Ohio that try new approaches that meet the learning needs of students, reduce cost and drive more dollars to the classroom, according to the Ohio Department of Education website. The fund was part of the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John Kasich.

In other business, the board:

Approved a resolution authorizing the execution of a master lease purchase agreement for the purpose of improving and equipping school buildings. The resolution is to allow the district to secure financing for the Columbian High School window project that is not to exceed $955,000.

Approved MKC Associates Inc. as the architectural and engineering services to move on to Phase 2 of the Frost-Kalnow Stadium project. The cost of the services is to be paid with permanent improvement funds.

Heard committee reports.

Heard the first reading of recommended revised board polices.

Heard the first reading of a new board policy on privacy practices for employees through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Heard the first reading of the purchase of an updated Advanced Placement calculus textbook. The board is to approve the item in the January meeting for the purchase of 25 books for $3,500.

Approved the consent agenda.

Accepted the donations.

Approved the 2014-15 Tiffin Columbian High School curriculum guide.

The next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium.