Tisdale excels at state championships; plus other CW Schools news

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

An eighth grade student-athlete at Canal Winchester Middle School was lauded for placing first in the seventh and eighth grade 200 meter dash at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships.

Jacob Tisdale competed in the fourth annual statewide championship on May 15 at Hilliard Darby High School and also placed third in the 400-meter dash.

“Jacob did not lose a single race all year,” said middle school assistant principal Brent Palsgrove during the June 21 Canal Winchester Board of Education meeting. “He led Canal Winchester to an overall fifth place finish at the state track and field meet. He was also our Archie Griffin Award winner for his character and leadership and the successful season he had. He’s a three-sport athlete, an honor student and just a great representative of the Canal Winchester family, community, athletic programs and our schools.”

Other CW Schools news
•The board approved setting pay-to-participate fees at $150 for high school students and $100 for middle school students,

Superintendent James Sotlar said the athletic department lost money last year due to the pandemic and the resulting reduction in income from games. Instead of pay-to-participate fees from athletics and band going into the general fund, Sotlar said they will now be directly deposited into athletic department and band program funds.

“They can work with their coaches and boosters to see how that money will be used,” said Sotlar, who also reported the district will not be collecting school fees for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

•The board approved a three percent increase to the base salary schedule in each of the next three contract years and an 85/15 percent employee share for individual medical, dental and vision coverage for teachers and staff. The per-diem day was eliminated for CWEA members as well.

“It was at 90/10 for individuals,” said Sotlar. “85/15 is a significant value to us. It was great negotiating with our CWEA team. I truly believe this is a very good bargaining agreement with our teachers.

The agreement with 17 OAPSE staff employees matches what the teachers received.

“We have a great staff,” Sotlar said. “They do an outstanding job.”

Administrative salary schedule increases included two percent for 2021-22, the same increase for the following year with the addition of a level 11, and another two percent increase for 2023-24 with the addition of level 12, along with an 85/15 employee share for individual medical, dental and vision.

•Five-year contracts for principals at the middle and Indian Trail schools, a two-year contract for the Winchester Trail school principal, and five-year contracts for the high school athletic director and elementary school assistant principals were also approved by the board.

•The board approved a $75,491 contract with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department for a school resource officer.

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