Concussion testing offered to Tiffin athletes

A grant is to fund a program that would help Tiffin City Schools athletes determine whether they have suffered a concussion while participating in sporting events.

Tiffin City Board of Education approved the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing program during a meeting Tuesday evening. Any costs associated with the ImPACT program are to be paid for by Columbian High School’s athletic fund.

The program would provide pre-assessment brain testing to interested athletes. They could go through testing again if they were concerned a concussion had occurred.

Tom Anway, director of operations, said the district has 300 pre-assessments and 90 post-assessments to offer.

In other business, Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel, explained upcoming changes to education in Ohio and how they will impact Tiffin City Schools. There will be tougher assessments, more accountability and higher expectations, according to his presentation.

It stated students must be taught to be deeper critical thinkers, better problem solvers, more collaborative while learning, better communicators and more responsible and dependable.

Changes to Ohio’s education system are to include a new teacher evaluation system, which Tiffin City Schools must implement at the expiration of the current contract. There also are to be changes to assessments, accountability, reporting and seniority in relation to staff reductions and rehiring.

Urban’s presentation addressed a transition plan for the district over a three-year period. It includes more non-fiction works, more rigor and more cross-curricular engagement.

In other business, the board heard from Teresa Castellaneta, an English teacher, and three of her students about a project through a pre-Advanced Placement English II course.

Castellaneta said the assignment was like a capstone project, involved a lot of work and enabled students to show off everything they learned. Students researched an international environmental conflict and proposed a resolution. She said she liked that the project was cross-curricular.

“These topics were pretty heavy,” she said.

In other business, the board:

Recognized Carolyn Cartwright, guidance counselor, and Vickie Finley, executive secretary, on their retirements and the girls track and boys baseball teams and coaches.

Was introduced to new staff.

Discussed amending a policy that dictates the number of classes a home-schooled student must be in to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and expressed a desire not to change the policy. A parent had requested the board change the policy during last month’s meeting.

Heard committee reports.

Heard about the middle school staff handbook.

Heard about the Chinese III course of study, materials and textbook.

Heard about class of 2012 statistics.

Heard the bullying and hazing report. Urban reported the district had 11 instances of bullying.

Heard about the 2012-13 fee list updates.

Heard the nutrition standards annual report.

Approved the treasurer’s report.

Accepted the retirements of Cartwright, Finley and Carol Coleman, executive secretary, and the resignations of Mehgan Merrill, teacher; Kevin Baker, transportation supervisor; Dara Dixon, education management information system coordinator; Shelly Scott, secretary; and Audrey Snyder, teacher.

Approved contracts and stipends.

Accepted donations and a grant.

Approved statement of purpose budget reports.

Approved recommended revised board policies and regulations and new board policies, regulations and exhibits.

Approved deletion of a board policy and regulations.

Approved revisions to job descriptions.

Approved the new marketing plan.

Approved the recall of Deborah Kagy.

Approved a service agreement to direct International Cultural Center.

Approved supplemental appropriations.

Approved a transportation agreement.

Approved a temporary appropriation measure.

Approved a fund transfer.

Approved employment of a non-licensed individual with a pupil-activity contract.

Approved fund changes.

Approved elementary and high school staff handbooks.

Approved the chemistry course of study.

Approved a contract with Honeywell for instant alert services.

Approved a contract extension.

Approved transportation services to the community for the American veterans traveling tribute. The district is to be reimbursed for the cost.

Approved an agreement for Ohio Medicaid school program services.

Approved a program contract with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Set building assignments as Washington K-1, Roland Zimmerman; Krout 2-3, President Kathy Venema; Noble 4-5, Vice President Shirley Smith; Tiffin Middle School, Mike Klepper; and Columbian, Dawn Iannantuono.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. July 24 in Tiffin Middle School’s cafetorium.

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