Tiffin City board approves purchase agreement for land

The Tiffin City Board of Education approved a $998,000 purchase agreement Tuesday evening for 82-acres of land.

The board approved the real estate purchase agreement with Feasel Land Company, Inc. This property — located on OH-231 — is for the proposed PreK-5 building the district has intentions of constructing.

The board’s PreK-5 Task Force recently visited the Greenville School District to look at the K-8 building — which is similar to what TCS would like to build.

Superintendent Gary Barber said the Greenville building is on 62-acres and educates around 1,700 students.

Barber said the building is well designed and has many functional common areas.

“We would like to take a group of our staff members to visit the building in the fall to see the building in full operation,” Barber said.

Barber said he would like to also take a group of community members to see Fostoria City School’s new building which is scheduled to be completed in the spring.

“We want to make smart choices when we go to the voters,” he said. “I want our stakeholders to see the opportunities we have available.”

Barber said the board has looked at five different properties over the last two years.

“We have been through and are excited about this property,” Barber said.

Barber said it has been a challenge looking for property within the city limits that allows the district to construct a building the district needs.

With this property, Barber said the district can have the opportunity for setbacks for traffic flow and access and for potential expansion.

Barber said the district is in the design phase and plans to bring the project to the voters in 2020.

During the meeting, the board presented a class of 2019 diploma to Brittani Stiltner who was away studying abroad in Brazil.

In addition, the new student board representatives were announced — Emma Feld and Makenna Kidwell.

The board also recognized the retirements of Janet Beard — food service director and Down Swartz — head custodian. Beard served the district since 1988 and Swartz served for 16 years.

On another matter, David Zak, President of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (T-SEP) along with representatives of The NRP Group, presented the second phase of the Tiffin Pointe project.

The second phase, which as been approved by the Ohio Housing Authority and is federally funded through tax abatement, tax credit equity and conventional debt, is to include 60-units of one, two and three bedrooms. The first phase consisted of 52-units of two, three and four bedrooms, community, fitness and business centers, playground and pet washing station.

The board is asked to consider the project and sign-off on approval.

The project is to cost around $9 million and the NRP Group is responsible for the project — a 15 year Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption.

The board entered into executive session to consider the employment of a public employee and discuss matters which are the subject of pending or imminent court action. No action was taken.

In other news, the board:

• Heard committee reports.

• Approved retirements, resignations and employment.

• Accepted donations and grants.

• Approved revised board policies.

• Approved a contract with Frontline Education for applicant tracking, valid through Aug. 24-Aug. 23, 2020.

• Approved contracts with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for special education and transportation services.

• Approved a contract with Joseph Moore, director of the International Cultural Center for not to exceed $31,104 now through June 30, 2020.

• Approved a contract with P.T. Services Rehabilitation for speech-language pathology.

• Approved the purchase of algebra and geometry textbooks, along with journals and support materials at a cost of $58,760.

• Approved pupil-activity permits for Taylor Gillig, Eric Aller, Donovan Walker, Anthony Gooding, John Hoffman, Jacob Vrancken, Eric Depinet, Mike Work, Shad Adams and Michelle DeBusman.

• Approved a contract with Seneca County Youth Center and NCOESC for the operation of programs funded by Title I-D.

• Approved ratified 2019-2020 school bus stops.

• Approve a transportation agreement with Tiffin Service Cab.

• Approved a contract for a speaking engagement and/or training with the “I Love You Guys Foundation.”

The next regular meeting is to be 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.