|School Board Hires Firm to Conduct Survey|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:00|
A Columbus company will survey Tipp City school district voters on their opinions regarding facilities and a possible bond issue to pay for classrooms for pre-kindergarten through grade eight.
The Board of Education approved the hiring of Fallon Research & Communications Inc. to conduct the survey at a cost of $10,000 during its Dec. 16 meeting.
The company was one of three to submit survey proposals. The $10,000 will pay for a survey of 300 likely voters.
Board members agreed a survey is needed following nearly four years of a committee reviewing possible options for construction. “It is a big chunk of cash we are talking about spending,” board member Kate Johnsen said.
The district is in line for 26 percent state funding for a building project. Surveyors also are expected to ask those polled how they feel about 100 percent local financing for potential projects such as a new stadium or stadium upgrades.
Superintendent John Kronour said some district representatives recently attended a program in Columbus where the topic was visioning of educational facilities in the future. Among concepts discussed were creating more flexible education spaces with moveable walls to allow for large group areas along with small group work areas. Kronour said the discussion was good and pointed to a need for even more planning as work on a possible building project moves forward.
In personnel matters, the board approved the resignation of Joe Boitnott, transportation mechanic, effective June 30. Boitnott retired in 2010 and then was rehired by the board after it was told finding a mechanic with his skills was problematic. He is the only bus mechanic employed by the district.
Board members asked administrators if steps are being taken to ensure someone with needed skills is available for hire.
Kronour said the district would post the position to see what candidates are available. He also noted the district has had a couple of inquiries from bus mechanics who lost their jobs when the district that employed them decided to outsource bus service.
In other business Kronour reported that initial discussions about the district exploring an all-day kindergarten program have sparked comments and questions such as funding the program. He explained that the program could be paid for through anticipated added state funding from the counting of students as fully enrolled in an all-day program as opposed to one half with part-day kindergarten.
Administrators see “a lot of opportunities” with an all day program, Kronour said. District officials also are checking with other district in the area and beyond to see what they are doing with kindergarten, he said.
A public meeting on all day kindergarten is scheduled for Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Nevin Coppock school.
In other business, the board:
- Approved the appointment of Elaine Stefkovich to the Tipp City Public Library Board of Trustees. She will assume the position previously held by Larry Riesser, whose term expires Dec. 31.
- Heard a report from board members Johnsen and Tom Merritt on a meeting held with representatives of middle and high school students.
- Met at the end of the meeting in an executive session to discuss applicants for the Miami Valley Career Technology Center board. Board member Frank Maus recused himself from the meeting because he has applied for the center board.