By JOYELL NEVINS
Record Herald Editor
Courtesy of the Weekly Record Herald; Printed 3/23/12
TIPP CITY —Tipp City community members will say goodbye to long-time education administrators and hello to another levy, as announced at the board of education meeting Monday night.
High school principal Chuck Wray and high school media specialist Helen Prichard retirements were accepted by the board, with Prichard retiring on July 1 after 37 years of service at Tipp schools, and Wray retiring Sept. 30 after 35 years in education.
“I would like to thank them both from the board and on a personal level for their many years of service,” board president Tom Merritt said.
Even though changes inside the building don’t kick in until the start of next school year, changes outside will begin in May.
Brumbaugh Construction was awarded the bid for replacement and construction of the tennis courts and tennis court fencing at $174,200. Just like with the baseball dugout renovations, no funds for this building project are coming from the general operating budget. Since Good Samaritan and Upper Valley Medical Center already donate $75,000 annually for the sports complex, that money will all go towards paying off the dugout and now the tennis court project. Funds from the insurance claim for the Labor Day storms will also pay a percentage.
According to Kronour, Brumbaugh was chosen because they were one of the lowest bidders and are already doing an excellent job on the dugout construction.
In financial news, the school changed from EnergyUSA gas to Constellation NewEnergy’s natural gas program, saving almost $100,000 a year. The current contract was set up for a five-year period in June 2008 through the Ohio School Consortium’s Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council, a group that allows districts to make large purchases as a group, generally at a lower rate. EnergyUSA’s gas cost about $240-250,000 a year. The new contract with Constellation, still through the EPC, is set at a budget amount of $150,000 a year.
“Obviously, five years ago this looked like a pretty good deal,” Kronour said of the original contract with EnergyUSA.
To buy out of the contract, Tipp City schools will still have to pay $20,000 next year to the EPC. With Constellation, they have a three-year requirement with two option years. That contract will start in July.
The money savings of this move will not stop the need for a levy, though, according to Kronour. Although no official resolution was given, he indicated the definite need for a school levy.
“We are probably going to be on the August ballot,” Kronour said.
He plans to bring the board more details at the April meeting at 7 p.m. April 23.
The board also accepted several grants from both the Tipp Foundation and the Tippecanoe Educational Endowment.
The Tipp Foundation’s grants totaled $10,550, and included: Parents Who Care, after prom activities, $500; Nevin Coppock Elementary, third grade trip to the Ohio Caverns, $1,744; Broadway Elementary, first grade science and social studies programs, $4,000 and L.T. Ball Intermediate, Garst Museum trip, $1,296. Tippecanoe High received grants for a wellness speaker, $1,000; chess club, $210; Stagecrafters, $2,000; and World War II Virtual Musem, $100.
The Tippecanoe Educational Endowment’s grant package came to $9,210.45. Board member Scott Dixon noted that there were several more grant applications this year, to which board member Kate Johnsen said that was due to the $1,000 grant limit. In previous years, the grant maximum was $500. Johnsen pointed out that only one grant came under the $500 mark, which was Tippecanoe High’s National Honor Society tools at $310.
The other grants included: Nevin Coppock, “Read to Self” audio/visual tool, $968; Broadway Elementary, Write Again Lab Boards, $975; L.T. Ball Intermediate, Math Counts’s tutoring program, $1,000; Tippecanoe Middle, Kindle “A Fire” for reading, $1,000 and to the district for Applet Integration and Development, $979. Tippcanoe High also received grants for more Apples in the classroom, $827.53; SMART Board, $1,000; National History Bowl and Bee, $595; Visualizing Physics, $555.92, and Wellness Week speaker, $1,000.
“That’s just tremendous that they’re funding these projects,” Merritt said of the foundation and endowment.