City, township, school officials meet

By Cecilia Fox - [email protected]

TIPP CITY — Members of local agencies, including the Tipp City school board, Monroe Township officials, and city staff, met Monday for their regular Tri-Agency meeting.

Representatives of these groups meet quarterly to discuss current and upcoming issues and events.

City Manager Tim Eggleston said the city is considering adding another detective to the police department. Council will hear an update on what a new detective’s job duties would be and the costs associated with a new hire at their next work session, he said.

According to Eggleston, work on Lesher Woods bike trail is set to begin this month. The new multi-purpose trail will span from east Kessler-Cowlesville Road and extend south to Windsor Crossing. Construction should finish in early September.

“The state report cards were not very user friendly,” Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf said. “There’s not one letter grade for the whole card, there’s all these components.”

According to Kumpf, the district rated an A on achievement indicators met, a category that collects state testing results. The district also received a B grade in the Performance Index.

“There’s a learning curve,” Kumpf said of the tests that make up the indicators and performance index scores.

She also pointed out that some grades are not official, but “safe harbor” scores because the state is still developing the assessments in those areas.

The district received a “very strong” score for it’s graduation rate, Kumpf said, with a 98 percent or A rating. The district received an overall C rating in Progress, including an F for students with disabilities.

Kumpf also discussed the district’s upcoming bond issue, a 3.98 mill issue on the March 15 ballot that would generate about $30 million for the construction of a new elementary school.

“Our buildings have served us well, but they are getting old,” she said. “We clean up and we do our best, but it’s time.”

Tipp Monroe Community Services Director Kathy Taylor said that the organization will have a levy on an upcoming ballot.

“Community Services right now is operating on ’92 values,” she said. Taylor said she will be meeting with the Auditor’s Office to discuss the organizations options.

Taylor reminded the attendees that, if the bond issue passes and Broadway Elementary school is demolished, the organization will need to find another gym to host their basketball program during the two years it will take to construct a new school. TMCS uses three of the district’s gyms to host the program. She brought this issue up at a previous Tri-Agency meeting.

According to trustee Phil Cox, Monroe Township is currently working to open the eighth section of the Maple Hill cemetery. The township will likely not start selling plots until 2017, he said.

The township is also working with Tipp City Seniors as they plan for the construction of a new senior center, he added.

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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