The Vantage Board of Education held the November Board meeting on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in the District Conference room. Board meeting minutes from the October 4, 2018 regular Board meeting were approved along with financial statements for the month of September, 2018.
Superintendent Rick Turner began the meeting welcoming guests Scott Truxell (The VW Independent) and Kirsten Barnhart (The Times Bulletin). He also welcomed Tony Unverferth, High School Director, Missy McClurg, OTC Director, Bill Wisher, guest and Toby Slocum, Program Manager of GEM Energy.
Superintendent Turner updated the Board of Education on the very successful Presentation of Colors which was performed by the Vantage Color Guard team, from the Criminal Justice program, during the OSBA Northwest Region Fall Conference. The plan is that they will also be performing at the All-Area Boards dinner in April. The ODE Safety Plan is being updated and will be presented to the Board at their December meeting for approval. There have also been very productive dialog with local companies through the assistance of the Business Advisory Council. Demand for skilled workers is high and, with the help of this council, there has been excellent dialog and formulation of plans regarding company specific needs. Many of these needs are in manufacturing, healthcare and business services. Data through surveys has also revealed the importance of attendance and clean drug screens which Vantage is emphasizing to their students as well.
High School Director Tony Unverferth updated the board that the current attendance average is 96% for the year, praising Mrs. Ellis and Mr. Miller for their hard work in helping this to happen. He also updated the Board that we have approximately ⅔ of the high school student body that have lost zero points so far this year, meaning they have not been tardy, have not had an unexcused absence, have had no discipline problems and have zero “Fs” on their report card. There was also thanks given to Mr. Joyce for his role as Vantage Coach for Makerfest. This year Vantage had over 50 students compete in over 10 various competitions. Many Vantage teams placed in multiple events and the group finished 2nd overall. Mr. Unverferth also discussed the Veteran’s Day Flag fundraiser which is presented by our Student Ambassadors. A “field” is built by Vantage’s carpentry and auto-body labs and students are encouraged to purchase one or more flags to honor a loved one who has served, or is serving, in our military. All of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Payne American Legion. Also, in honor of Veteran’s Day Mr. Gibson will lead students in the “table for 1” ceremony during both lunches. Students will partake in the ceremony and offer a moment of silence to pay respects for the brave men and women in the Armed Forces.
Ohio Technical Center Director Missy McClurg updated the Board on the Fire Charter that has been submitted. She gave recognition and thanks to various fire departments for their help including Van Wert, Willshire, Ohio City, Scott, Convoy, Grover Hill, Paulding and Delphos. Recognition was also given to various high school teachers that have taught in the adult programs as well as fulfilling their regular high school duties. Mrs. McClurg also mentioned that the high school CDL program will be starting soon with the possibility that 16 high school students could be graduating from Vantage with their CDL license.
In new business, the Board:
-Approved the following employee contract for the 2018-19 school year: Isaac McKanna, part-time custodial
-Employed the following list, as Ohio Technical Center Instructors, for the 2018-19 school year: Thomas Zuber, welding instructor; Ronald Joseph, police academy instructor; Larry Ray, manufacturing customized training coordinator; Kevin Von Oss, substitute welding instructor; Gary Cearns, customized training instructor & welding instructor; Diane Font, health careers instructor; Zach Miller, health career instructor; Austin McIntosh, police academy instructor; Maria Diltz, health care programs customized training coordinator & enrollment coordinator; Jennifer Warnecke, medical assistant instructor; Brian Ankney, fire training program coordinator; Michael Miller, trade and industry instructor; Tyler Dunham, police academy instructor
-Accepted the resignation of Kristie Jones, OTC enrollment coordinator, effective October 11, 2018.
-Approved the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from CMS Holdings and Rentals, LLC. for the revitalization of a 3 story building into a commercial unit and residential lofts at 132 East Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio, 90% abatement for 10-years.
-Approved the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from CMS Holdings and Rentals, LLC. for the revitalization of a 2 story building at 115 South Market Street, Van Wert, Ohio, 90% abatement for 10-years.
-First reading of NEOLA revised policies
0141.2 Conflict of Interest
0164 Notice Meetings
0165.1 Regular Meetings
0165.2 Special Meetings
0166 Executive Session
0169.1 Public Participation at Board Meetings
1240.01 Non-Reemployment of the Superintendent
1422 Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity
1541 Termination and Resignation
1623 Section 504/ADA Prohibition Against Disability Discrimination in Employment
2111 Parent and Family Engagement
2260 Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity
2260.01 Section 504/ADA Prohibition Against Discrimination based on Disability
2271 College Credit Plus Program
3122 Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity
3123 Section 504/ADA Prohibition Against Disability Discrimination in Employment
3140 Termination and Resignation
4122 Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity
4123 Section 504/ADA Prohibition Against Discrimination based on Disability
4140 Termination and Resignation
4162 Drug and Alcohol Testing of CDL License Holder and Other Employees Who Perform Safety Sensitive Functions
5610 Removal, Suspension, Expulsion, and Permanent Exclusion of Students
5610.02 In-School Discipline
5610.03 Emergency Removal of Students
5611 Due Process Rights
6325 Procurement – Federal Grants/Funds
6423 Vol. 37, No. 1 – August 2018 – Use of Credit Cards
8141 Mandatory Reporting of Misconduct by Licensed Employees
-Approved the Village of Continental residential Community Reinvestment Area Agreement between Chad and Loretta Olds of 626 Cardinal Lane, Continental, OH and Vantage Career Center.
-Approved the Village of Continental residential Community Reinvestment Area Agreement between Kenneth and Jennifer Searfoss of 405 East Rice Street, Continental, OH and Vantage Career Center.
-Approved the Electricity Supply Agreement with Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., for the purchase of electricity.
-Accepted a grant of $1,500 from the Paulding Putnam Round Up Grant, distributed by the Paulding Putnam Electric Trust to be used for the Vantage school garden.
End of Superintendent’s Consent Agenda Items
Adjournment – at the call of the President and at the pleasure of the Vantage Career Center Board of Education
Next meeting – Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Conference Room, Regular Board Meeting
Holiday Dinner at 6:45 p.m. in Cup & Saucer