City, township, school officials meet

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — On Monday, representatives from the City of Tipp City, Monroe Township, and the Tipp City school district met for their quarterly Tri-Agency meeting to discuss ongoing and upcoming projects and plans.

The school district is gearing up for the new academic year and planning open houses and student orientations, Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said.

A day of orientations will be held on Aug. 16 with freshman orientation beginning at 8:30 a.m., new student orientation at 9 a.m., sixth grade orientation at noon, and a sixth grade parents meeting at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

For the third year, high school mentors will help incoming freshman students during orientation, Kumpf said.

The district has also planned new formats for open houses at the middle school and high school.

Parents and students are welcome to follow the student’s daily scheduled and attend abbreviated versions of each class. Teachers will provide a class overview and discuss their expectations for the school year.

“Parents and the students rotate through their entire school day and have a quick meeting with each one of the teachers,” she said.

Called “Back to School Night,” the middle school’s open house will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6-8 p.m., and the high school’s at the same time on Aug. 21.

Enrollment is about the same, although the district has had to decline more open enrollment students than in recent years, Kumpf said. Informing families that their open enrollment applications have been denied is difficult, she said, adding that some families might have children who have been accepted and children who have been denied.

“They’re a part of our school family,” Kumpf said.

Kumpf also touched on the district’s ongoing talks with the Ohio School Facilities Commission about funding for new school construction.

“It’s important that we keep working toward a true facilities master plan,” she said.

School board president Sam Spano said the board is considering a ballot issue for November 2018.

City Manager Tim Eggleston updated the group on several city projects, including the second phase of the County Road 25-A reconstruction project.

The project will begin on or before Aug. 14 and shut down 25-A from Evanston Road to Michaels Road for 90 days. Depending on the weather, the final asphalt course may or may not be laid prior to the winter.

The Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center is on track to surpass the total revenue for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Eggleston said. He added that the center might not beat last year’s numbers, which came in at about $316,000.

According to Monroe Township Trustee Martin English, the township’s annual paving project is two-thirds complete.

The township is also continuing work on the water and sewer project in the Country Estates East subdivision. Over the next few months, property owners should be done tying into the new lines, English said.

Trustee Ron Thuma said the “next big thing” will be a meeting to finalize the assessments for the project.

By Cecilia Fox

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