Recognizing accomplishments of staff and students was a theme of Tiffin City Board of Education's meeting Tuesday evening.
The board recognized girls basketball coach Larry Kisabeth; Maxwell Pauly, a National Merit Scholar finalist; teachers Curtis King, Terri Malone, Mike Meadows and Chris Kanney and students for state band and choir competition; and Marcia Focht, Karen Michniak, Bonnie Oberlander, Rebecca Osborne, Nancy G.A. Roberts, Joy Rose, Kevin Roush, Lloyd Sand, Pauline Smith and Steve Zirger on their retirements.
Board President Kathy Venema expressed appreciation to the retirees.
"You will be missed," she said.
Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel, said by being named a National Merit Scholar finalist, Pauly academically is rated in the top 1 percent of all high school students in the United States. He said 1.5 million students apply, and 15,000 become finalists.
Pauly, who is to attend Miami University, expressed appreciation for the recognition.
"It's a great honor," he said.
Kisabeth is finishing his time as interim principal at Columbian High School and also stepped down as varsity girls basketball coach.
Athletic Director Derek Lewis presented him with a framed jersey bearing his last name and the number "1" and said he had been the face of the girls basketball program for 15 years.
Kisabeth compiled a record of 324 wins and 202 losses throughout his career.
"I do bleed blue and gold," he said.
Katie Fazekas was hired to coach the girls team.
The board also recognized Osborne, who is the principal of Krout Elementary School. Urban said she began teaching at Carey Exempted Village School District in 1975 and taught first and fourth grades for the district. She taught fourth grade at Noble Elementary School and served as principal at Lincoln Elementary School.
"Krout has earned an 'excellent' rating for many years," Urban said.
Osborne said she has worked with tremendous people during her 25 years with Tiffin City Schools.
In other business, Tiffin City Schools parent Lorie Crow requested the board amend a policy that dictates the number of classes a home-schooled student must be in to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Ohio High School Athletic Association's by-laws state students must be enrolled in at least one class to be eligible. Tiffin City Board of Education's policy states students must be enrolled in classes totalling five credit hours per semester.
In other business, the board:
Heard committee reports.
Heard a curriculum and instruction task force update.
Heard first reading of recommended revised board policies and regulations; recommended new board policies, policy exhibits, regulations and exhibits; the new marketing plan; and deletion of a board policy and regulations.
Heard about elementary and high school staff handbooks.
Heard about job description adjustments.
Heard about the student fee list.
Heard about spring open houses.
Heard about the chemistry course of study.
Heard about the 90.1 percent anticipated graduation rate.
Accepted Osborne's retirement and Vickie Finley's retirement as a secretary.
Accepted resignations of Cody Hufford and Stephanie Meyer, intervention specialists; Cristin Murschel, teacher; and Steven Daily, support staff.
Approved employment and a stipend.
Approved revised job descriptions and deletion of job descriptions.
Accepted grants and donations.
Authorized membership in OHSAA.
Approved the graduating class.
Approved parent and student handbooks.
Approved a waiver for body mass index screening.
Approved supplemental appropriations.
Approved an addendum from a Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities agreement.
Approved the recall of Brette Ott, whose contract had been suspended during staffing cuts.
Renewed a service agreement with Healthcare Process Consulting Inc.
Recognized Grace Eberly and Erin Sehlhorst, student representatives.
Announced juniors Chris Daniel and Mason McCool as the new student representatives.
The next meeting is 7 p.m. June 26 in Tiffin Middle School's cafetorium.