Board votes to stay on OSFC list

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday, the Tipp City school board approved a resolution that keeps the district on the state’s school construction list.

The resolution authorizes the district to remain on the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s active planning list.

“It keeps us on the list and they know that we’re looking to do a project,” board president Carla Frame said. “The timing of that is still kind of up in the air and they understand that.”

The state requires a board resolution to remain on the list, Treasurer Dave Stevens said.

“It keeps our options open,” board member Frank Maus said.

The board also approved pay for new administrators for work completed before their official contract date of Aug. 1. New athletic director JD Foust and high school principal Steve Verhoff are eligible for up to 50 hours, Nevin Coppock principal Katy Barker is eligible for up to 25.

Superintendent Gretta Kumpf announced the Aug. 22 open house times.

The Nevin Coppock open house will last from 4:30–6 p.m., Wonders kindergarten from 4:30–5 p.m. and Incredibles kindergarten from 5:30-6 p.m. Broadway’s open house is set for 5-6:30 p.m., L.T. Ball from 5:30-7 p.m. All fourth graders and new fifth graders will meet at 5:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe Middle School’s open house is set for 6-7:30 p.m., with all sixth graders and new seventh and eighth graders meeting at 6:30 p.m. The Tippecanoe High School open house will last from 6-7:30 p.m.

The board also approved the hiring of several new teachers.

“We’re excited about people coming in,” Assistant Superintendent Galen Gingerich said.

They include William Bihn, high school math; Melissa Clauss, elementary intervention specialist; Andrew Gerken, Nevin Coppock physical education; Ann Dankof, middle and high school intervention specialist; Mallory Normile, third grade; Emily Snyder, middle school intervention specialist; Holly Thomas English, middle school language arts; Jennifer Wightman, elementary music.

By Cecilia Fox

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