Board selects construction company

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — In preparation for the building of a new elementary school, the Tipp City school board chose a construction company at their meeting Monday night.

If the 3.98 mill bond issue is approved in March, the district will begin contract negotiations with Turner Construction Company.

The company was selected from a short list of three, which were ranked after interviews, according to Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf.

“We’re very excited to get started. We’re looking forward to a very successful March 15 and a great new school building for Tipp City,” Turner Construction Company representative Brian Mooney said.

The board also approved a settlement agreement with Reiter Dairy. The district will be awarded about $6,200 after being overcharged on approximately 711,000 gallons of milk, according to Gary Pfister, director of services.

The district buys its milk from Reiter Dairy through the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council (EPC). The EPC determined that from 2010-14, there was an error causing EPC members who purchased dairy products from Reiter Dairy to be overcharged, Pfister said.

The board heard from Assistant City Manager Brad Vath about a proposed tax abatement agreement between the district and Repacorp, a local business.

The business was previously interested in an enterprise zone, but has decided to pursue a different tax abatement option, Vath said. The company is located in an enterprise zone, but also in a community reinvestment area.

Community reinvestment abatement is easier for the company to obtain, Vath explained.

“They chose the most expedient option for them. Unfortunately for the school district, there is no revenue sharing,” Vath said.

“It’s unfortunate for us, but I’m glad they’re able to expand and continue to build their business,” board president Carla Frame added.

The board also voted to appoint Katy Barker as the interim high school athletic director. This decision follows the placement of Tippecanoe High School Athletic Director Matt Shomper on paid administrative leave.

Shomper is under investigation by the Tipp City Police Department, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Ethics Commission, and the Ohio State Auditor’s Office for alleged inconsistencies in the athletic department account

The board also authorized a contract with Ever-Green Lawncare Inc. in the amount of $100,800.00 for a two year contract.

They also approved an overnight trip for the high school boys baseball team to Fort Walton, Fla., from March 26 to April 3.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.