Schools’ Read to Succeed seeking volunteers

Mathis Kiefer, a third-grade student at Krout Elementary School, tells Seneca County commissioners Mike Kerschner (left), Shayne Thomas and Tony Paradiso about the Read to Succeed Program Thursday morning.

A Tiffin City Schools program called Read to Succeed was highlighted during Thursday’s Seneca County commissioners meeting.

Third-grader Mathis Kiefer from Krout Elementary talked to the board about his experience working with Commissioner Shayne Thomas through the program.

“It helps me ’cause I wasn’t a really good reader at the beginning,” Mathis said. “He helped me get better at reading.”

School officials are seeking volunteers — from high school and college students to retired people — to help children with reading skills. The program includes four, 30-minute sessions to help students practice reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Kathy Miller at (419) 447-2652, Kathy_Miller@tiffincityschools.org, or Molly Lofton at Noble Elementary, (419) 447-1566, Molly_Lofton@


Also Thursday, the commissioner tabled a discussion on a letter drafted by Commissioner Tony Paradiso that would be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration to point out issues with the proposed Seneca Wind industrial turbine project that could adversely affect the Seneca County Airport.

As a former pilot, Paradiso said he has discussed the matter with airport manager Brad Newman and they both have concerns.

Discussion of the letter is expected to continue next week.

The commissioners also opened one bid for a 63.75-acre parcel of farmland near the airport in Hopewell Township. The bid was from GD Century Farms, of New Riegel, and it was for $261 per tillable acre.

During public comment, Ben Nutter of Sunny Farms Landfill said landfill management is planning an open house noon-4 p.m. Oct. 12. He said the family-friendly event is to include bounce houses, landfill tours and food.

The board approved:

• A $4,423.35 supplemental appropriation to the sheriff’s Drugged Driving Enforcement Program Fund.

• A $15,007 supplemental appropriation to the sheriff’s Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison Fund.

• A $60,900 supplemental appropriation to the sheriff’s Victims of Crime Act Fund.

• A $118,141.94 fund transfer to the Jobs and Family Services Child Support Enforcement Fund.

• A $15,000 fund transfer to the Victims of Crime Act Fund to the Transfers In line.

• A $10,000 fund transfer to the Special Projects Fund to the Transfers In line for juvenile and probate court.

• Appointing Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and any assistants on behalf of the Seneca County prosecutor.

• Establishing the Impaired Driving Enforcement Program Fund and the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.