Petition calls for firing of superintendent

An online petition that calls for the firing of Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Vicki Wheatley was started Saturday.

The petition, published by Susan Smith, is called “Strengthen Tiffin City Schools” and is targeted toward Tiffin City Board of Education. By noon, it had garnered more than 50 signatures.

In a statement, Smith said she is proud to have graduated from Columbian High School and intends her four children will hold diplomas from there as well. She stated her primary goal is to support the school system.

“The driving force in my development of the petition stems from local individuals stating they would not vote for Tiffin City Schools’ renewal levy because of their concern with our superintendent,” she stated. “I want to make it clear that the community could and should vote for the renewal levy and still hold the school board responsible for our administrative leadership.”

The petition states signers believe the integrity of the district’s administration has been jeopardized by Wheatley’s current and prior actions.

“The goal of this petition is to strengthen Tiffin City Schools and demand leadership by a respectable and trustworthy administration and board,” it states.

The petition has three parts.

First, it requests that Tiffin City Board of Education terminates Wheatley’s contract and begins efforts to hire a “qualified and respectable replacement.”

“If contractually this is not possible, I support non-renewal of her contract at term limit,” it states.

Those who sign it also have agreed not to vote to re-elect school board members who are noted to be in support of her contract continuation and continued employment in the district.

Third, signers agree to vote for the levy on the May 6 ballot.

“A renewal of this levy assures preservation of our children’s current education funding,” it states. “A vote against it would not further any effort at improving our administration and board. A vote against the levy would only serve to hinder our students’ opportunities and quality of education.”

A message was left for Wheatley at the administration office and an email was sent to her school account Saturday.