Canton Schools

New band leader

CANTON: Coventry High School band director Zachary Taylor has been hired for the same job at McKinley High School for the next school year.

Three members of the Board of Education voted Monday to hire Taylor, who will be paid $46,549. Ida Ross-Freeman voted against his hiring; Lisa Gissendaner did not attend the meeting.

One band volunteer and one band student spoke and asked that the board retain the current band directors at McKinley and Timken high schools, which will be combined under the McKinley name.

The board also approved a new high school academic recognition system to begin with the class of 2019 that provides a top grade of 5.0 with the potential to earn college credit.

CUYAHOGA FALLS

Tip line help

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The Crime Fighters Tip Line launched by the city last year has worked again, police Chief Jack Davis said.

A $100 reward will be paid to an anonymous tipster who alerted police to a marijuana-growing operation at a Loomis Street home.

Police raided the home and made an arrest on Friday.

Davis said his officers have investigated about 20 credible calls to the tip line in the past 10 months.

About half have resulted in rewards of $25 to $200; several others are still open cases.

The same tip line helped break the case of a former student who sent bomb threats to Cuyahoga Falls High School.

That case ended last month when the perpetrator was convicted of three felonies and sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.

The tip line uses a system of voice mail, password and secret bank location so tipsters can collect their reward without revealing their identity.

To learn how the program works, see our full story at https://ohio.com/news/break-news/cuyahoga-falls-anonymous-tip-line-catching-criminals-unique-system-even-pays-tipsters-without-needing-to-know-identities-1.587316.