‘Proud but not satisfied’

TCS goes over state report card

Tiffin City Board of Education was given an overview of the Ohio State Report Card data Tuesday following its release last Thursday.

The district earned an overall “B” grade, which placed it in the top 35 percent in the state.

“We are proud but not satisfied,” Tiffin superintendent Gary Barber said. “We will use this data to push forward.”

The district was one of three area districts that earned a “B,” including Old Fort Local Schools and Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools. The district was scored on areas of achievement, performance index, value added, gap closing, graduation rate and K-3 literacy. One of the major focus areas the district will have to continue working on are those students with disabilities, for which the district earned an “F.”

Director of Educational Programming and Lincoln Pre-K Principal Michelle Tuite provided the district an overview of the Summer Feed Program that took place over the summer.

With the desire to feed children this past summer, AJ’s Heavenly Pizza and Hempy Water of Tiffin contacted Tiffin City Schools to initiate the program, then joined forces with five local businesses/agencies, Tuite said. In collaboration with another summer program put on by Tiffin Parks and Recreation and in conjunction with local Subway restaurants, it was decided to provide opportunities to feed children and their families.

Tuite said there were seven local organizations that worked as food sites for families Mondays and Wednesdays, including Allen-Eiry Senior Center, Lincoln Pre-Kindergarten, Little Faith Ministry, Shear Elegance, Tiffin Parks, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Tiffin-Seneca YMCA.

Over the course of the program, 220 people were fed through the parks program; 147 AJ’s jumbo pizzas were donated, Hempy donated 75 cases of water; and 571 adult meals were served with 1,322 children’s meals.

Tuite also addressed the many volunteers who came out to help with the program, including one 4-year-old Lincoln student, Domonic Arter, who never missed a program day.

Arter also was announced to serve as the 2018 Kiwanis Christmas Parade Grand Marshall.

“This young man truly reflects the good will of the Tiffin Kiwanis Club,” Tuite said.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Carissa Allen of Tiffin questioned the issue of having students pay for admission into sporting events.

The board discussed an idea of using crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe.

Barber said if the district does use these avenues, they are going to need to make sure everyone is protected and will need to have board policies in place and make sure funds raised are done with accountability through the treasurer’s office.

“We just want to make sure all parties are protected,” he said.

In other news, the board:

• Heard committee reports.

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

• Accepted donations and grants.

• Approved revised board polices and regulations including computer network and internet acceptable use policy.

• Approved a contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for parent mentor liaison Hope Boes.

• Approved a contract with Sarah Bee Design to provide graphic design goods and services.

• Approved an agreement with Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center for educational and remedial support services.

• Approved an agreement with Flat Rock Care Center.

• Approved an amended job description for the position of EMIS Coordinator to Director of Data and Reporting.

• Approved administrator contracts effective Oct. 1, 2018 for Maryl Hill, director of student services; Tammy Harer, director of data and reporting.

• Adopted an appropriation resolution for fiscal year 2019 to provide for the current expenses and other expenditures.

• Approve Columbian High School newspaper The Tiffinian.

• Approved addendum to the 2018-19 agreement with Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

• Approved an agreement with the Center for Autism and Dyslexia of Findlay.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.