TCS board marks wins

With the school year coming to a close, the Tiffin City Schools board meeting Tuesday evening was an opportunity to celebrate successes.

Those honored included several Krout Elementary students who participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart program. Under the guidance of physical education teacher Mike Felske, the school raised about $6,000 for the American Heart Association.

Also recognized were two Columbian High School students whose science projects were entered in the State Science Fair. May 8, Columbian has scheduled Tornado Signing Day, during which graduating seniors can share with classmates their work and education plans.

Career preparation also was discussed.

Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and Real Superheroes Wear Scrubs, whose goal is to expand the number of men in nursing, have events scheduled for district students.

To encourage students preparing to enter the workforce after graduation, a change in Columbian’s attendance policy is being considered. It would allow an excused absence to attend job shadowing.

Sandy Hallett, president of the Seneca Autism Learning and Support Association, spoke to the board about her work to commemorate National Autism Awareness Month. She said SALSA works with parents and community members to expand resources available and provide support to help the growing autism population, now estimated to be 1 in every 45 people.

SALSA meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Family Learning Center of Sentinel Career and Technology Center for people interested in learning more about parenting or working with an autistic child.

The board’s topic of the month for public comment was improving student well-being.

Mentioned was a new mental health plan for the district, which would include the eventual hiring of an additional guidance counselor for the elementary schools to more closely meet the recommended counselor-to-student ratio.

The board mentioned the importance of not letting one particular area of mental health dominate the measures taken to improve student welfare. The issues of bullying and teen suicide also were areas that need to remain in the forefront of discussion on how best to help students. This coincides with national legislation to help homeless students, which also was discussed.

The board approved of the graduating class of 2018, and said farewell to its two student representatives, Natalie Gase and Patrick DelTurco.