Superintendent charged with OVI again now on medical leave

Tiffin City Schools’ superintendent is on a medical leave of absence after again being charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Gary A. Barber, 55, of Tiffin, was charged with OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor, and a traffic lanes/line violation, a minor misdemeanor, according to Marion Municipal Court records.

The incident occurred Friday night, court records state.

Tiffin City Schools announced Thursday morning that Barber is on medical leave of absence.

“The Board is looking into all of the current circumstances and will be developing a plan for the effective and efficient management of the operations of the District,” according to the district.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Boes is managing day-to-day operations with the support of the district’s administrative team.

Tiffin City Board of Education is to have a special meeting for an executive session to consider the employment of a public employee at 7 p.m. Monday at the administration building at 244 S. Monroe St., according to the district.

Monday night, Tiffin City Board of Education President Dr. Andrew Gase said Barber still is “our man.” He said officials are going to help Barber, and he is behind Barber.

Board member Victor Perez wrote that Gase was not speaking for him when he said Barber remained “our guy.”

“As to the statement that this does not change anything, it does. The rest of the board earlier this year voted to give notice of its intent to renew his contract, I think this incident is relevant regarding that decision,” Perez wrote.

“I think its fair for this board to examine all its options. However, it is not right to state that nothing has changed.”

Perez explained there are two issues.

“One is the continuing status of the Superintendent. The second, is what I see as a majority of the board that has made a decision, with members even stating, that it is their duty to protect the superintendent. I disagree,” he wrote.

“Yes, we should support the superintendent and all our staff, but our first duty is to the district, our students, families and taxpayers.”

Barber previously pleaded no contest and was found guilty of OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to control, a minor misdemeanor, through Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court in 2017.

The incident occurred shortly after he got the job with Tiffin City Schools.

In that case, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 30 days suspended; was placed on non-reporting probation for one year; was ordered to complete a driver intervention program; had his license suspended for six months, with approval for unrestricted driving privileges; and had six points placed on his license, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records.