Board approves calendar,personnel items

The Tipp City schools board of education approved the 2017-18 school calendar and OK’d the purchase of a gym floor cover system during its Nov. 28 meeting.

The calendar includes the first day of Aug. 24 for students in grades 1-12 and Aug. 29 for kindergarteners.

The purchase of a gym floor covering system for the high school from Covermaster Inc. was approved. The $10,530 will come from district permanent improvement funds.

The board also approved several personnel items including

-    Accepting resignations of Emily Fox, teacher’s aide and Nancy Long, teacher’s aide; Carrie Shellabarger, freshman girls basketball coach; and Don Wildermuth, assistant junior high track coach.

- Paying Don Wildermuth $400 as a camp director for boys high school basketball from July 11-13, 2016

- Paying non-stipend coaches with fundraising dollars by sports (amount not to exceed) to John Kramer, football, $1,500; Aaron Prine, girls volleyball ($1,000); Jason Salyer, cross country ($700); Jamie Voissard, girls volleyball ($1,500); and Cassie Zerkle, girls volleyball ($500).

- Supplemental contracts for Adam Berning, volunteer junio high boys basketball assistant; Emily Brinkman, assistant musical; Theresa Gorretta, assistant musical; Amy Kislter, volunteer Deviliare coach; Becky Jones, wellness coordinator; Jenna Nelson, volunteer girls basketball assistant; Kari Prall, wellness coordintor; Jim Sagona, assistant, musicial; Jennifer Tandy, assistant high school track coach; and Ryan Tremblay, assistant high school wrestling coach.

Commission OKs communications agreements

The Miami County commissioners approved an agreement for continued maintenance of the county Communication Center radio system until the switch to the state MARCS system now planned for early next year.

The agreement with WS Electronics will be on a month-to-month basis at a cost of $14,000 per month. Communication Center Director Jeff Busch told the commissioners Nov. 29 the amount is the same as the previous agreement with WS Electronics.

The Communication Center handles police, fire and EMS calls and dispatches countywide.

The conversion of the county’s radio system to the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) is expected to be done by the end of January, Busch said.

In other action last week, the commissioners approved an agreement to extend the date for a fact finder hearing in negotiations with Communication Center dispatchers (now called communicators) until Feb. 28.

The commission was told contract talks with the communicators are continuing.