Tipp schools OK new hires

District enters tax abatement agreement

By Cecilia Fox - [email protected]

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Board of Education welcomed several new hires to the district at their meeting Monday night, including a new high school principal, high school athletic director, and a middle school assistant principal and athletic director.

Steve Verhoff will return to the district as the next principal of Tippecanoe High School.

Verhoff previously worked as a social studies teacher and assistant principal at the high school, before leaving the district to serve as the assistant principal of Vandalia-Butler’s Morton Middle School.

“I’m very excited to be back reconnecting with former colleagues, building new relationships with staff and students and parents, and working towards a shared vision to provide the best education and the best high school experience for Tippecanoe High School,” Verhoff said.

JD Foust will serve as the new Tippecanoe High School athletic director. Foust joins the district from Norwood City Schools in Hamilton County, where he served as athletic director for six years.

“I’m honored to be part of the Tipp City family, which has a lot of rich tradition of excellence with academics and athletics,” Foust said. “I’m very excited about going into the elite league, the GWOC here. I think it’s great for our kids.”

New Middle School assistant principal and athletic director, Clay Lavercombe, has worked for the district since 2006, when he began teaching math at the high school.

“I’m very excited to get to the middle school and work with a great group of staff and students,” Lavercombe said.

The district also hired several new teachers, whose employment was also approved Monday night.

The board also approved an enterprise zone agreement between the district, the city and Repacorp, a local business.

The propose 75 percent, 10-year agreement includes a “school donation agreement” which will reimburse the district for 100 percent of the estimated tax revenues it would have received without the abatement, Assistant City Manager Brad Vath said.

The company requested the abatement because they are expanding the size of their current location.

Repacorps aims to have the nearly $2 million addition complete by the end of the year. The company is committed to creating 40 jobs in three years, Vath said.

Council will vote on the enterprise zone abatement at a special meeting held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The Miami County Commissioners will also vote on the proposed abatement, Vath said.

District enters tax abatement agreement

By Cecilia Fox

[email protected]

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or (937) 552-2205.

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