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Board hears updates in various areas during meeting

Tiffin City Board of Education was provided with several updates throughout the district Tuesday evening during its regular meeting.

James Craycraft, education consultant provided the board with an update on the proposed bond issue campaign.

Signs have been placed around Tiffin and Letters to the Editor will start to appear following Feb. 28.

Craycraft said he has heard from individuals that the issue is a “no brainer.”

The district has put together a facts document that explain each part of the issue and the proposed new facility project.

The bond issue is a 38-year, 5.35-mill bond issue for a proposed PreK-6 school building. The bond issue is to generate $44,200,000 for the project.

The cost of the bond issue for a homeowner of a $100,000 home is $187 per year. The middle school bond issue is set to expire in 2023 which will allow $65 per year of a $100,000 home to drop off.

The district has two more scheduled community meetings for the public to hear about the bond issue and ask any questions they may have. The dates for the community meetings are 6:30 p.m. on March 3 with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. at Krout 2-3 Elementary and at 7 p.m. March 9 at Clinton Fire Station #1.

Early voting began last week.

“There is enough information out that I hope people are voting for the schools,” Craycraft said.

Board President Victor Perez said Craycraft is thorough and an asset to the district.

“We are lucky to have found Mr. Craycraft,” Perez said.

The board also approved the addendum to Interim Superintendent Robert Boes’ contract to modify his contract from superintendent pro tempore to interim. This modification will include an additional $2,500 per month in pay, which will include sick time.

Perez also provided an update on the superintendent search. Perez said it would be important to start the search following the levy and election. He said his hopes are to have someone hired by August.

“If not by August, the district is in capable hands,” Perez said. “We just want to do the right thing.”

On another matter, Scott Daniel, director of operations, discussed the Ella Street Canal Bridge replacement project. The project is set to start in May through August. The city is to need a 6-foot right-of-way from the district. The Ella Street Bridge project will affect approximately 200 students. The main bridge project will start in October and continue for two school years.

Michelle Tuite, director of Educational Programs and director Lincoln PreK Elementary, also provided the board with a building update. Tuite discussed the building’s intentional goals, letter recognition and number recognition, letter and number exploration, and contact with parents. Other goals focus on social and emotional aspects, fine and gross motor skills and communication.

“We focus on the whole child,” Tuite said. “We love our littles and our program.”

Enrollment at Lincoln is to start March 2.

For more information, call (419) 455-9102 or email michelle_tuite@tiffincityschools.org.

The board also recognized honorees of the Northwest Region OSBA awards: Julie Arnold, Excellence in Community Service Award; Stacey Kiesel, Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership; and Chris Widman, Award for 15 Years of Service. The OSBA Spring Conference is to take place on March 12.

In addition, Director of Teaching and Learning Jennifer Kuhn provided the board with an update to the local report card, focusing on gifted progress indicators. In the Noble 4-5 Elementary Building, gifted earned a “B,” Tiffin Middle School, gifted earned an “A,” and Columbian, gifted earned an “A.”

The board entered into executive session to prepare for negotiations with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment and to discuss the employment of a public employee. No action was taken.

In other news, the board:

• Heard committee reports.

• Heard first reading of the student and parent handbooks for all grade levels.

• Approved employment, retirements, resignations.

• Accepted donations and grants.

• Approved contract with Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

• Approved SST Transition and Family Engagement stipend contract with NCOESC in the amount of $500.

• Approved the Columbian Key Club trip to Dublin for the District Leadership Conference.

• Approved memorandum of agreement with Seneca County Health District concerning the use of facilities as mass prophylaxis facilities for the health district.

• Accepted amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and to authorize the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the Seneca County Auditor. This is based on the tax budget that was approved in January.

• Approved a renewal contract with Frontline Education.

The next regular board meeting is at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Tiffin Middle School auditorium, 103 Shepherd Drive.

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