School board OKs officer hire

In conjunction with the special meeting of Tiffin City Council, Tiffin City Board of Education approved an agreement with the city to hire a school resource officer Tuesday in a special session.

Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber said the plan is to have an officer on the district’s campus by Sept 1. He said he wished to have said officer in place by start of the school year, but the district doesn’t want to rush the interview process.

“I am grateful to the city and am glad we could do this in a collaborative manner,” board member Dean Henry said. “I believe this will bring positive results for both institutions and having a Tiffin Police Officer will turn out to be invaluable in the future.”

Board member Andrew Gase said this also will give students another outlet for someone to go to if they have a problem.

According to the agreement, the school resource officer is to be assigned from Tiffin Police Department to Tiffin City Schools starting in 2018 and going through 2023 — a total of five years. The officer is to be assigned to work with TCS personnel to maintain a safe campus environment, serve as a law enforcement problem solving resource, provide education on law enforcement related topics and provide appropriate responses regarding on campus or school related criminal activity.

The board also approved a resolution to replace boilers based on an urgent necessity at Columbian High School.

In another matter, the board approved a tentative agreement with Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local #571 for a new collective bargaining agreement and approved a job description for special needs aide and library paraprofessional.

Employment items also were approved for a title-funded limited teaching contract, special needs aides and library paraprofessionals.

The board is to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.