TCS ponders what it takes to be destination district

Tiffin City Board of Education discussed what the district would need to be considered a destination district during Tuesday’s meeting.

“We want people to want to come here,” board president Chris Widman said. “We need to figure out what we need to have for people to choose us.”

First-grade teacher Judy Downie said she believes Tiffin City Schools already is a destination district.

“I’ve spent 20 years with Tiffin City Schools,” she said. “Tiffin has a way of bringing people back.”

Downie said the community and district partnerships are when makes it a destination.

Michelle Tuite, director of educational programs, said the district doesn’t speak enough about all the good it does for the community.

In other business, the board approved administrator contracts for Janet Beard, food service supervisor; William Beaston, elementary principal; Randy Cogner, transportation supervisor; Scott Daniel, director of operations; Michael Newlove, elementary principal; Bradley Scheiber, athletic director; and Nicholas Smith, school psychologist.

The board also approved compensation increases for administrators Robert Boes, assistant superintendent; Donald DeVore, assistant high school principal; Maryl Hill, director of student services; Nichole Jiran, Washington K-1 Elementary School principal; Justin Lutz, Tiffin Middle School dean of students; Shawn Murphy, Tiffin Middle School principal; and Tuite.

The board also recognized Columbian High School student Brook Boes, who placed in state track in discus and the board honored the Ohio School Boards Association honorees Mercy Health System, Seneca News Daily and Toledo Molding & Die Inc.

Superintendent Gary Barber discussed a meeting the district had with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. Barber said Tiffin City Schools is ranked 196 on the Ohio Department of Education’s equity ranking, which would bring the district’s local share to 33 percent for renovations or a new building project.

Barber said this would be a good opportunity for the district if it wants to build a new elementary building or plan renovation projects.

Downie told the board about a new picnic and outdoor learning area at Washington K-1 Elementary School which was funded with the assistance of the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District.

The board entered into executive session to consider the appointment, employment and compensation of public employees. No action was taken.

In other news, the board:

• Heard committee reports.

• Heard the first readings of proposed revised board policies and regulations.

• Approved employment, retirements and resignations.

• Accepted donations and grants.

• Approved a temporary contract for a school psychologist.

• Approved revised board policies and regulations.

• Approved a contract with Seneca County General Health District.

• Approved a transportation contract for the 2018-19 school year to the Center for Autism & Dyslexia in Findlay.

• Approved a transportation contract with Jennifer Heck for the 2018-19 school year.

• Approved bus route assignments for the 2018-19 school year.

• Approved a contract with Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital for school nurse services.

• Approved a contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for technology services.

• Approved a contract with Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding with Bowling Green State University.

• Approved a rental contract with WSOS.

• Approved an interim services contract with Garmann/Miller & Associates.

• Approved pupil-activity permit contracts for Faisal Alrashdi, assistant varsity – soccer, and Matthew Campbell, head varsity – swimming.

• Approved procedures for a Medicaid school program.

• Approved a contract with Wellness Counseling Solutions LLC.

• Approved a resolution to amend a tax deferred annuity plan.

• Approved a contract for yoga class services and a contract for circuit training.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. July 24 at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.