School board delays decision on employee firing


By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER - lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com



School board president JimDeSanto, with treasurer Bradd Stevens and school superintendent Janice Wyckoff. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star


CLEAR FORK VALLEY — The status of a Clear Fork Valley School District employee kept the district school board in an executive session for the majority of the monthly meeting last night.

At issue was a motion to terminate the employment of Thomas Tingley, who has been employed as a mechanic by the district.

After the hours long executive session, the board voted to table the motion.

This means Tingley is still employed.

Papers the board provided said that while Tingley was working for the district, he also did work for River Run Canoe Livery in Loudonville.

At some point, he visited Truck Sales and Service in Mansfield, and used a Clear Fork schools or district account information to get something while using the district’s government discount.

The Ohio auditor’s office was informed. Tingley was cited for violating his employment contract, his job description, board policies, Clear Fork purchasing manual, and of “immoral, dishonest and unethical conduct and neglect of duty.”

The documents say there was a pre-termination hearing Sept. 8. The Ohio Department of Transportation said his CDL license was inactive because he hadn’t gotten a “T9 certificate.”

The superintendent’s office said a meeting could be held Oct. 3 but efforts to resolve the matter were unsuccessful.

On Oct. 31 he was notified in writing of the intent to terminate his employment.

The board did not discuss any of the allegations against Tingley before or after going into executive session.

Board president Jim DeSanto told the crowd attending the meeting it is not the “practice” of the board to have conversations about public employees, but that employment matters must be handled in executive session.

A group of people who identified themselves as members of the “Tingley family” were at the meeting.

Other matters at the school board meeting did not take up much meeting time.

Details of school construction efforts for two new elementary schools were made available at the meeting by Tim Moon, superintendent for construction at the Bellville site for Gilbane Construction, the company building the new buildings in Butler and Bellville.

He said there is “good progress” on both projects and that foundations in Bellville will probably go in next week.

He said the project in Butler is “ahead of schedule.”

The board went over an idea voiced by board member Carl Gonzalez, who had suggested a committee be put in place to monitor budget matters for the district. He had made the suggestion after concerns were voiced about money figures presented by treasurer Bradd Stevens. Questions were raised about the need to build two elementary school buildings.

Gonzalez said he would meet once a month with Stevens to go over figures because he doesn’t want the district to end up “someday down the road” when it runs out of money.

Board members spoke in favor of Senate Bill 216 which would alleviate some requirements for people in the educational system.

The bill would eliminate “unnecessary duplication of tests used to assess student learning” and sets other parameters for school districts to use.

Board member Amy Weekley said the bill would be “good for education.”

Member Dan Freund said it would be “good for kids” and gives teachers “back the time to teach.”

Two persons elected to be board members were at the meeting. They are Jennifer Stallard, and Kyle Beveridge. They will take office in January. Board member Jim Klenk will no longer serve.

School board president JimDeSanto, with treasurer Bradd Stevens and school superintendent Janice Wyckoff. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/11/web1_board.jpgSchool board president JimDeSanto, with treasurer Bradd Stevens and school superintendent Janice Wyckoff. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com