TCS approves renewal levy for May ballot

Tiffin City Board of Education members moved to place a renewal tax levy on the May ballot during their regular meeting Tuesday.

The levy would generate $1.6 million a year for five years.

In addition, the board approved a compensation agreement with the city of Tiffin for public improvements through Tax Increment Financing, which is to be used to facilitate development of a 60-acre site across from Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital.

David Zak, president and CEO of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., and Bryce Riggs, SIEDC’s development coordinator, presented the proposal to the board.

Zak said it is to benefit the district indirectly and directly, providing more economic opportunities for the area.

He told Tiffin City Council Tuesday that about $4 million in infrastructure work needs to be done at the site and proposed the city use TIF money.

The school district needed to approve the proposal because it would receive 10 percent of income tax revenue generated by the 60-acre development and would receive half of any amount over $1 million.

In another matter, the board approved a five-year renewal contract for District Treasurer Sharon Perry, to be effective Aug. 1, 2018-July 31, 2023.

District Director of Operations Scott Daniel reported the delivery of 150 holiday hams Tuesday to the Salvation Army through the annual holiday giving project.

Tiffin resident Jennifer Houck, mother of a Tiffin Middle School student, addressed the board regarding an incident involving her daughter at TMS. She said that Friday her daughter was “verbally and physically” assaulted by a male student with a pair of scissors. According to Houck, the incident took place at 10:33 a.m., but TMS Principal Shawn Murphy wasn’t told until 1 p.m. and she wasn’t notified until 2:45 p.m.

“I want to know why I was not given a call when a child had a weapon to my child’s throat,” she said. “I don’t feel the appropriate protocol was used. It warranted a call to the police. I don’t feel the situation was taken seriously.”

Board Vice President Dean Henry said the board was notified of the incident moments after Superintendent Gary Barber found out about it Friday afternoon.

“We are getting further details and the situation is being dealt with,” he said. “Mrs. Houck, I want you to know your comments are not falling on deaf ears.”

Henry discussed working on a proposal to hire a resource officer.

“I feel it is time,” he said. “The presence of a resource officer will be valuable and beneficial for the district.”

During the meeting, the board honored member Randy Schwartz for his service. Schwartz will be ending his service in January.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Tiffin,” Schwartz said.

The board set its organizational meeting for 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St. President Pro Tem is Chris Widman and Vice President Pro Tem is Henry.

In other news, the board:

• Heard committee reports.

• Approved employment, retirements and resignations.

• Accepted donations and grants.

• Approved a contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center for educational consultant services.

• Approved a contract with NCOESC for a new telephone system at the Administration Building, Columbian High School, TMS and the maintenance building.

• Approved a contract with NCOESC for special education services.

• Approved an agreement to make deposits for Ohio public funds with PNC Bank.

• Approved annual Ohio School Boards Association subscriptions.

• Approved a resolution to adopt an Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Classroom Facilities Assistance Program.

• Approved revised board policies and regulations.