Board OKs resource officer pact

Tiffin City Board of Education made progress toward hiring a school resource officer by approving a contract with the City of Tiffin Tuesday evening.

The contract is through the city and is between Tiffin City Police Department and the board.

“We are happy to have a school resource officer in place for next year,” Chris Widman, board president, said.

“This is the final piece of our student well-being plan,” TCS Superintendent Gary Barber said.

Tiffin City Council still must approve the contract.

Barber said the district has started other initiatives to help, including adding 30 mental health service hours, an elementary school counselor and another social worker.

“This is just part of the package and is not stand-alone,” Barber said. “I know our staff and community will appreciate it and I feel we have a solid plan in how we are going about student well-being.”

On another matter, Barber discussed a contract the board approved with Larry Kisabeth to serve as an interim athletic director after the previous director, Brad Scheier, stepped down.

“With fall practices starting next week, we needed a quick solution,” Barber said. “Larry is a visible community member and is familiar with the athletic departments. I feel this is the best solution at this time.”

Barber said the district plans to begin a search in late February.

The board also discussed the athletic director’s workload and the possibility of hiring for a supplemental athletic director position for the middle school.

“I believe this is worth a discussion for the board and community to have,” Barber said.

Barber said the district hosts large events and Tiffin University and Calvert Catholic Schools use district facilities.

“There is a lot that happens here,” he said.

Tiffin resident Wendy Rosen suggested a TU or Heidelberg University student serving as an intern to help out with the athletic director’s responsibilities.

“Looking at the job description, is a page and a half single space,” Dean Henry, board member, said. “All I can think of is burnout. It is very generous to have Larry Kisabeth help us out.”

On another matter, Barber updated the board on the PreK-5 Task Force, which had its first meeting.

Barber said the committee is to meet bi-monthly on the second and fourth Wednesdays.

The committee also reviewed the high school assessment and other district properties, he said.

Director of Operations Scott Daniel provided an update on the summer construction projects.

The board entered into executive session to consider the appointment, employment and compensation of public employees and preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees. No action was taken.

In other news, the board:

• Heard committee reports.

• Accepted donations and grants.

• Approved employment, retirements and resignations.

• Approved revised board policies, exhibits and regulations.

• Approved a contract with Joseph Moore, director of the International Cultural Center.

• Ratified the 2018-19 school bus stops.

• Adopted a resolution to purchase two, 72-passenger buses from Ohio Schools Council.

• Approved a contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for preschool autism services for Fiscal Year 2018 at a cost of $812 per student for four students.

• Approved a contract with NCOESC for services for the visually impaired for Fiscal Year 2018 at a cost of $73 per hour.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding with Lourdes University.

• Adopted an agreement and revision for the Ohio Association of School Business Officials for a deferred compensation plan, which allows an employer to establish its own compensation plan.

• Approved a contract with AEI Speakers Bureau.

• Approved pupil activities contracts with Tony Gooding, seventh-grade football; Jessica Martin, seventh- and eighth-grade cheerleading; Eric Adler, seventh- and eighth-grade football; and John Hoffman, seventh- and eighth-grade football.

• Amended a contract for Nicholas Smith, school psychologist.

• Approved an amendment to the employee benefit plans.

• Approved a contract for medicaid billing services with Healthcare Process Consulting Inc.

• Adopted a resolution to amend and restate the Tiffin City Schools 403 (b) Plan Document — retirement plan — to Voyer Retirement Insurance and Annuity Co.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.