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Cummins hired as new principal at Hilltop

The Millcreek West Unity Local Board of Education hired a new principal for grades 7-12 this week, and discussed a safety levy renewal.

Troy Cummins was hired as the new 7-12 principal beginning with the next school year. He was hired on a three-year contract.

Cummins has been a junior high science teacher at the district since August, and was co-coordinator of the Science Fair. Prior to that he taught science and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Fayette Local Schools.

He also previously worked at Fountain City Christian School of Bryan, Bryan City School District, Holy Trinity Catholic School of Swanton and at the Northern Buckeye Education Council in Archbold.

He is a graduate of Ashland University with a bachelor of science in education and has a masters of divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Superintendent Jim Wyse also discussed an upcoming safety levy renewal for the district, and the board indicated it was in favor of putting the issue on the ballot.

According to Wyse, the safety levy first passed in 2013 at .9 mills and was renewed in 2018. The district is seeking another five-year renewal to continue funding the school resource officer. The levy brings in approximately $62,000 per year for that purpose.

In other business, the board:

Approved up to 10 additional workdays in July for Steve Riley for transitioning to the superintendent position to replace Wyse, who is retiring.

Approved meal prices for fiscal year 2025, including $2.95 for grades K-8; $3.15 for grades 9-12; $3.95 for adult; $2.25 for student breakfast; $3.75 for adult breakfast; 60 cents for milk; and 40 cents for reduced meal price for lunch and 30 cents for reduced meal price for breakfast.

Accepted the resignation of Spanish teacher Patricia Hart as of July 31.

Approved hiring Jana Griffin, website maintenance; Ashley Siegel, Red Rover maintenance; and Kiley Nafziger, driver assistant.

Accepted donations, including the book “The Cloud Factory” from the Ohio Education Association, $1,000 from Jack Clark for the James Clark Scholarship and various donations for the archery club for a competition at the national competition in Kentucky.

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