Tipp City schools’ leaders continue talking with the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) staff about a possible classrooms project.

Superintendent Gretta Kumpf briefly updated the board of education on those efforts at its Jan. 23 meeting.

OSFC representatives visited the district Jan. 12 for an in-depth look at the L.T. Ball Intermediate School, Kumpf said.

After that visit, the OSFC will work on six possible master plan options for the local schools’ classroom construction project.

Kumpf said that although the district is not expected to be in line for state construction program funding until fall 2018, the commission prefers to work ahead and at least begin potential construction master plan discussions.

Once those plans are given to the district, they will be shared with the board and community, Kumpf said.

The plans will be used for discussions on how they “may or may not fit our community as we begin looking at revising, renovating and fulfilling the needs of our district with our aging buildings,” Kumpf said.

Board member Theresa Dunaway asked if any of the potential master plan options would be for a kindergarten through grade eight building. Kumpf said they would. Any new building master plans would not be attached to a particular site, said board President Sam Spano.

Kumpf also briefly discussed the work to promote the district’s 13.9-mill, seven year renewal levy that will appear on the May ballot. The first meeting to organize a levy campaign was scheduled for Jan. 26 at the library, she said.

The board also heard about the district’s ACT results for 2016 from Kumpf and high school Principal Steve Verhoff.

Kumpf said the “good news” was the district students in areas of English, math, reading and science rates first among Miami County schools. “We have areas to grow and don’t want to get complacent,” she said.

Verhoff said the district composite score showed a slight decrease from the previous year. However, in 2016 more students took the test than the year before, he said.

Verhoff said that next year, a decrease in composite score is likely, as all juniors will be taking the ACT, increasing more the number of students participating.

“Our scores are strong not just in Miami County but throughout the state,” Verhoff said.

In other business the board:

- -       Accepted the resignation of Heather Westrick, high school psychology and sociology teacher effective Jan. 24 due to a move from the area. Ruth Monnier was hired as a long-term substitute for high school social studies for the remainder of the school year. And, Carol Noffsinger was hired to a limited contract for high school integrated science for the remainder of the school year.

- -       Agreed to add girls’ softball at the middle school beginning this spring.

- -       Approved the 2017-18 program of studies for the middle school and high school.

- -       Heard a presentation about Pam Staub’s On Air class at Tippecanoe High School.

- -       OK’d an overnight trip for the high school Quiz Team to Solon, Ohio, on Feb. 17-18.

- -       Heard from Kumpf about the district Business Advisory Council. The next meeting will be March 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the board office.