The Vantage Board of Education held their August Board meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2022 in
the District Conference Room. During the board meeting, Minutes from the June 23, 2022 regular board
meeting were approved along with financial statements for the month of June, 2022. Treasurer was
authorized to use Caldwell Sutter Capital for investment purposes, and authorized to transfer the
accounts from Boenning & Scattergood to Caldwell Sutter Capital for investment purposes.
Superintendent Rick Turner welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Rebecca Violet with The
Times Bulletin, Scott Truxell with The VW Independent, Mr. Benjamin Winans, High School Director, Mrs.
Angie Fahy, Adult Education Director, Amelia Clouse from Central Insurance and Kade Pollock from
Tenneco were both here as representatives of the Van Wert Chamber Leadership Class, and Penny
Baucom, Cafeteria Manager.
Mr. Turner also spoke about and highlighted the following items at the meeting:
➢ Preparations continue for the staff preservice days and the beginning of the school year. The
administrative retreat is on Tuesday, August 9th to finalize our plans and set goals for the school
year from the 5-year Strategic Plan.
➢ Interior renovations are moving along. Painting is done and the finish electrical work is in
progress. Locker and flooring installation are pending with an August 14th completion date. The
City of Van Wert extended water lines across the parking lot near the rear of the building.
Continued work with Garmann Miller and the Ohio Department of Commerce to get the occupancy
approval for the shipping crates.
➢ The next round of school safety grant applications are coming out soon to utilize the remaining
$53 million in funds allocated through HB687. We will be submitting an application for the next
round of funding.
➢ Enrollment in CTE programs across Ohio continues to increase significantly due to the worker
shortage within Ohio and around the nation. The need for increased capacity in training programs
is a major topic of discussion at the state level. A committee that is comprised of a wide variety of
stakeholders has been meeting to discuss options beyond expanding buildings of our CTE
providers. This committee has produced a twenty-two (22) page white paper outlining a variety of
options to consider. There are four (4) overarching strategies with examples for implementation:
program design, nontraditional scheduling, delivery of industry-recognized credentials, and
expanded work-based learning.
Vantage High School Director Benjamin Winans thanked Lisa Yearling , Tonya Temple, Miriam
Owens, Stacie Peters, Paula VanTilburg, Ted Verhoff, Mary Ann Falk, Luke Compton, Stacie Lippi
and Gail Gillett for getting documentation, uniforms and systems ready to go for the 2022-2023
school year. Letters were sent out during the last week of July to students and staff with
information on the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. We will continue to use “StopIT’ for the
2022-2023 school year. This allows staff and students to report suspicious or dangerous activities
anonymously, while allowing administration to investigate and document the process.
Mr. Winans also reported the following upcoming events:
➢ Monday, August 15- Trade and Industry Orientation for new students and parents
➢ Tuesday, August 16- Business and Service Orientation for new students and parents
➢ Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19- Staff Workday and Professional Development
➢ Monday, August 22- First day for new students
➢ Tuesday, August 23- First day for returning students
Adult Education Director Angie Fahy reported that the CDL classes for August are full and the
September and November classes are filling quickly. Enrollment in the STNA program is higher
than normal. Additional classes have been added to meet the needs. Still accepting students in the
PNP and LPN-RN classes. Study sessions are being offered for the HESI pre-admission test. EMT
classes are currently being offered at Vantage Career Center and Bowling Green. We are currently
providing customized training to: Braun, Cooper Farms, Tenneco, Trucent, Danfoss, Johns Manville,
and Flex Arm. We are currently in the process of finalizing an apprenticeship program with
Tenneco and Alexander Bebout will be receiving training in welding.
In new business, the Board:
➢ Approved a list of classified employees for the 2022-2023 school year
➢ Approved two (2) supplemental contracts
➢ Approved a column movement on the salary schedule
➢ Approved a list of Adult Education employees
➢ Approved the purchase of two (2) new Combi Ovens for the cafeteria
➢ Approved three (3) additional days for a new instructor
➢ Approved the LPN-RN Student Handbook and the Practical Nursing Handbook
➢ Approved a resolution regarding qualifications to be eligible to substitute teach
➢ Approved Mr. Winans as a certified OTES evaluator
➢ Appointed an OSBA Capital Conference delegate and an alternate (November 13-15)
➢ Approved the Vantage and Western Buckeye ESC substitute lists for the 2022-2023 school year
➢ Approved a list of bus and van drivers for the 2022-2023 school year pending recertification
➢ Accepted cafeteria bids for break and milk
➢ Approved school lunch prices for students and adults for the 2022-2023 school year
➢ Approved the Van Wert Area Business Advisory Council business plan for next year
➢ Approved two (2) revised job descriptions and a salary schedule change for one of the positions in
the Treasurer’s office
➢ Authorized the Treasurer to pay a deposit for two (2) item purchases
➢ Accepted two (2) resignations
➢ Approved a resolution regarding the Superintendent’s STRS financial arrangement with the Board
Outside of Consent Agenda Items
➢ Approved one van driver pending recertification requirements
➢ Accepted a Board of Education member resignation
➢ Approved a resolution to acknowledge the appointment of a Board of Education member
➢ Approved a resolution to amend the Superintendent’s current contract
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22(G)(1), the Superintendent hereby requests that the Board
adjourn to executive session for the purpose of considering personnel matters of the school district.
Adjournment -at the call of the President and at the pleasure of the Vantage Career Center Board of
Next meeting – Thursday, September 1, 2022
Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
In District Conference Room
Regular Board Meeting