Tipp board hires treasurer, principal

Board also discussed facilities plans

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday, the Tipp City Board of Education hired a new treasurer and a new principal.

New treasurer David Stevens joins the district from the Oakwood City Schools District, where he was the assistant treasurer.

“I’m very happy to be here and I’m so excited for what lies ahead with the district,” Stevens said. He originally started as an auditor with the Auditor of State’s office before he began working for school districts.

He will replace Gina Helmick, who left the district for Huber Heights City Schools. Stevens will be paid $85,000 a year.

The board also hired a new principal for Broadway Elementary, Tina Smith.

“I’m very excited about the new position,” Smith said. “I have some big shoes to fill, I know, but I’m really excited.

Before joining the district, Smith taught at Vandalia-Butler Schools. She fills the position previously held by Galen Gingerich, who is now the district’s assistant superintedent. Smith is a Tipp City resident with children in the district. She will be paid $79,000 a year.

The board welcomed the new hires to the district.

The board also touched on the ongoing facilities discussion Monday night. Mike Ruetschle of Ruetschle Architects presented the board with some new options for facilities construction.

District officials discussed the possibility of a project that could be completed in multiple phases. The district is also considering moving forward without state funding.

“We began looking at that due to some state adjustments on funding that had come to us as we were kind of in the eleventh hour,” Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said.

Instead of the kindergarten through eighth grade building previously agreed upon, the district is now looking at building a new kindergarten through third grade building at the Broadway site.

“Then we’d have a second phase at some point in the future to deal with grade fourth through eighth, whether that’s renovating L.T. Ball or the middle school or building new,” Ruetschle said.

This phased approach would address the buildings that are in the worst shape first, Ruetschle explained.

If the district were to take this approach with just local dollars, the estimate cost would be $27.86 million, requiring a levy of 3.9 mills. This option would include the demolition of Broadway and Tipp Central, swing space (a temporary occupancy for students and staff during construction), the construction of a new K-3 building, and the demolition of Nevin Coppock once construction is complete.

If the district received state co-funding, the state share of the $25.7 million, 3.7 mill project would be $5.6 million, Ruetschle said. The state would not fund swing space and would require an extra half-mill for future building upkeep. The district would also have $5.3 million in locally funded initiatives.

If the district goes forward without state funding and moves quickly, new buildings could be ready for students to move into by 2018, Ruetschle said. With state funding, it would be several more years before construction could begin.

The next facilities commission meeting will be held on Aug. 6 in the Broadway gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

Board also discussed facilities plans

By Cecilia Fox