TCS board welcomes new faces

New staff and new student board representatives were introduced Tuesday evening during the regular Tiffin City Board of Education meeting.

The board introduced new individuals assuming administrative roles, including Jennifer Losey, director of teaching and learning; Nichole Jiran, Washington K-1 Elementary School principal; and Meryl Hill, director of student services. In addition, new teachers for were introduced.

“I just want to welcome on the new staff members,” Dean Henry, board vice president, said. “I believe we are making a positive turn and Mr. (Gary) Barber and Mrs. (Michelle) Tuite worked hard to secure these staff members. I am thrilled to have wonderful, quality people. I am looking forward to the 2017-18 school year.”

Columbian High School seniors Natalie Gase and Patrick DelTurco joined the board as student representatives.

On another matter, the finance committee is to discuss the upcoming renewal of an emergency levy for the district in May 2018.

Chris Widman, board president, said the board needs to decide what its plans are and if the title of an emergency levy is right or if they need to look at other options. If the board is to seek renewal of the emergency levy or another option, it must file paperwork by Feb. 7 with the Seneca County auditor.

The board also recognized high school students who competed and earned medals at the national level for the SkillsUSA competitions. Students Brittany DuMonte, Alexis Herr, Dylan Wertz and Alan Zimmerman earned gold medals. Other students placing as teams include Jacob Craig, DuMonte, Eve Fitch, Brandy Gabrielson, Katelyn Gillig, Beca Kimmet, Austin Obringer, Victoria Vace and Taylor Wherling.

“We are so proud of these students and thank them for their motivation and drive to excel,” Tuite, director of instruction and personnel at TCS, said.

The board entered into executive session to discuss court action, review negotiations and consider employment of a public employee. No action was taken.

A special board meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Tiffin Middle School, 103 Shepherd Drive.

The board also is to host a reception to introduce the community and staff to new Superintendent Gary Barber 4-6 p.m. Aug. 10 at TMS.

In other news, the board:

• Heard committee reports.

• Approved employment, retirements and resignations.

• Accepted donations and grants.

• Approved a contract with Fundamental First Inc. for vision evaluation.

• Approved revised board policies and regulations.

• Temporarily approved revised board policies and regulations to await Barber’s revisions.

• Ratified the 2017-18 school bus stops.

• Approved a revised contract for teaching membership with Virtual High School.

• Approved an amended and restated athletic training services contract.

• Approved a contract with American Bottling Co.

• Approved a transportation agreement for the 2017-18 school year to the Center for Autism and Dyslexia in Findlay.

• Approved a transportation agreement with Jennifer Heck for the 2017-18 school year.

• Approved a contract with Ohio History Connection.

• Approved a contract with Central Ohio Medical Review LLC.

• Approved non-licensed individual contracts.

• Approved a contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for parent mentor liaison services for fiscal year 2018.

• Approved a contract with NCOESC for SMART teaching professional development services.

• Approve a contract with MT Business Technologies.

• Approved bus route assignments for the 2017-18 school year.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Tiffin Middle School.