The Tiffin City School Board of Education asked for a moment of silence for victims of the recent Connecticut shooting at the start of its meeting Tuesday night.
During the meeting, the board discussed whether bus aides for grades K-1 were to continue to ride buses for the second semester. Due to safety and developmental awareness, Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel, recommended aides remain on buses for the second school term.
The board was addressed by Columbian bowling coach David Jones with a request to recognize bowling as a sport, along with football, basketball and other sports. Bowling has been in Columbian for about 10 years, Jones said. Because of budget cuts, bowling has been a pay-to-play program. Jones said several bowling team members have made it to state championship and also competed at the collegiate level.
"Bowling is alive and strong and should be viewed the same as the other sports and a chance to compete," Jones said.
The board also discussed the rezoning of the Clinton Elementary School building, a process that is under way.
Tiffin Middle School students will be trained in CPR after the new year with funds received through a grant.
In addition, the board reviewed Columbian's ACT Prep program and reminded students that dates of the program will be on the bottom of grade cards. The program is open to all students and students can register in Columbian's main office.
Superintendent Don Coletta reminded parents of security plans in place for Tiffin City Schools.
The board also decided the organizational meeting and budget hearing would be at 5 p.m. Jan. 3.
The next regular meeting is tentatively set for 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Tiffin Middle School Cafetorium.
In other business, the board:
Heard committee reports.
Heard the superintendent's reports.
Heard Tiffin City Schools highlighted their annual giving project of giving 64 turkeys and 118 hams to the Salvation Army.
Approved employment for second semester ACT preparation instructors.
Approved revised board policies.
Approved the deletion of board regulation IGBJ-R Title I Programs that was reviewed in the November board meeting.
Approved Columbian's Curriculum Guide for the 2013-14 school year.
Approved the Mechanical Ability and Career Exploration Seminars at Tiffin Middle School as presented at the November board meeting.
Approved funds from the classes of 2010-12 for use providing digital media in the amount of $6,231.85 as a marketing strategy.