By Cecilia Fox
For the Troy Daily News
TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Board of Education approved the hiring of new staff members, started the bidding process for a new school bus, and approved an emergency resolution for new floors in the high school at its meeting Monday, July 28.
The board authorized the expenditure of approximately $47,000 to replace some of the flooring in the high school. According to Superintendent Dr. John Kronour, some of the carpet on the first floor of the building is forming “waves,” which could create a tripping hazard. The issue became apparent when the building was being cleaned in preparation for the new school year.
The resolution allows for the purchase and installation of new floors, replacing the existing carpet with laminate tiles. The funds will come from the district’s permanent improvement fund. The installation will be complete by the first day of school, Kronour said.
The board approved the hiring of the new assistant principal at Tippecanoe Middle School. Katy Brashear is joining the district from the Beavercreek school district. She has degrees from Miami University and Wright State University.
The board also approved the employment of three new teachers and a school nurse. Sarah Gosser will be teaching high school Spanish, Sam Johnson joins the district as a high school math teacher and assistant football coach, and Bradley Koopman will teach middle school science. April Hill, the district’s new school nurse, has experience as a school nurse in the Fairborn school district and as a nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
The board voted to begin the search for a new school bus. The district is a member of the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council, a cooperative purchasing organization which will advertise and receive bids on the board’s behalf.
The EPC uses its purchasing power to obtain competitive prices for member school districts, Kronour explained. The board will review the bids that the EPC collects and then decide which new vehicle to purchase.
The board heard updates on the energy savings program that the district joined last year. Brian Abels of Energy Optimizers shared the results with the board.
House Bill 264 allowed school districts to make improvements to buildings and pay for those improvements will the cost savings. Energy Optimizers worked with the district to identify ways to cut energy costs. As a result of improvements made to the buildings in 2013, the district has lowered its natural gas consumption by 17 percent and its electricity consumption by 36 percent.
According to Abels, the original savings estimates for the district were $34,000 on gas and $65,000 on electricity. Over the last year, since beginning the program, the district has saved $37,342 on natural gas and $128,496 on electricity.
Most of the improvements were made to the high school, Kronour said. Upgrades were made to lighting and air conditioning systems. Other improvements were made at L.T. Ball and Broadway.
The board also approved the district’s first foreign exchange student in several years. The student is from Colombia and will be joining the district in September as a junior at Tippecanoe High School for the 2014-2015 school year.
The district received several grants from the Tipp Foundation totalling more than $5,500. Many of the grants awarded will help first graders take field trips to places like Aullwood and Carillon Parks. Several grants totalling more than $3,800 were awarded to the high school from the STEM Boosters. These funds will purchase equipment for the science classes and an iPad.
The first day of school will be Aug. 20. The dates for the open houses for parents and students are:
- Kindergarten, 5 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Nevin Coppock
- First grade, 5 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Nevin Coppock
- Second and third grades, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Broadway
- Fourth and fifth grades, 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 18 at L.T. Ball
- Sixth grade, 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the middle school
- Seventh and eighth grades, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the middle school
- Ninth grade orientation, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 14
And the high school open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18.
The next regular meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the board offices. A work session to discuss teacher compensation will be 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15.