The Vantage Board of Education held the February Regular Board meeting on Thursday, February
11, 2022 in the Cup and Saucer Restaurant. During the Board meeting, minutes from the January 13, 2022
tax budget, organization and regular Board meeting were approved along with financial statements for
the month of December, 2021.
Superintendent Rick Turner began the meeting welcoming Robin Pennell with The Times Bulletin,
Scott Truxell with The VW Independent, Mr. Michael Knott, High School Director, Mrs. Angie Fahy, Adult
Education Director, and Mrs. Miriam Owens, Community Relations Coordinator.
Superintendent Rick Turner updated the Board on the excellent Legislative Seminar in Columbus
this week. The Senate President, Speaker of the House, Chancellor of the Department of Higher Ed, and
the Lieutenant Governor were among the speakers. There was excellent dialog with several of the
Representatives throughout the event.
February is Career Technical Education Month
Some Fast Facts regarding Vantage and our contribution made to the community include:
**1071 Industry Credentials were earned in 2021
**42% of Vantage students further their education by going to college and enrolling in apprenticeships.
**47 seniors have earned their Class A CDL since the start of the program in 2018. Seventeen more are
working through the curriculum this year.
**35 students are currently participating in the Career Advancement Placement Program
**25 students are currently participating in College Credit Plus
**22 Business Professionals of America students have qualified for State Competition, 2022.
**26 Trade & Industry students will be participating in regional SkillsUSA competition this month
We continue to build houses through our Carpentry program.
Many programs donate to local agencies monetarily and with hands on projects:
– Construction Equipment Technology poured a new concrete pad for Wee Care Learning Center this year
to help with trash issues
– Interact Club raised and purchased $5,500.00 worth of toys to Toss a Toy Program
– Vantage raised a record breaking number of canned goods (12,614), as well as monetary donations
($650.00) for the 2021 United Way Day of Caring
– Business Professionals of America raised over $450.00 for local Special Olympics chapters in Mercer,
Van Wert, Paulding and Putnam counties
– Welding/Auto Collision Repair created a bike rack for Fountain Park and continue working with Van Wert
Foundation for more downtown updates
– Ag/IM/ECE/Electricity contributed to the Apple Festival, volunteering activities, preparing the buildings
and offering clean up services around the fairgrounds.
– Build Your Future – Vantage had a huge hand in the development and production of Build Your Future.
The number of interested students for next school year has tripled.
– Health Tech students did all of Van Wert City Schools and Lincolnview schools hearing tests.
– Adult education provides essential customized training for business/industry to ensure they have a skilled
– Adult education provides essential healthcare workers for our community
– Adult education trains essential public safety workers including Firefighters, EMT’s, and Peace officers
High School Director Mike Knott began his report by recognizing Ms. Tonya Temple, Mrs. Miriam
Owens, and the entire staff for their work in welcoming Sophomores from all of our school districts on
Sophomore Visit Day on January 28th. In addition to the home-school visits, Vantage will be holding an
Open House & Taste of Vantage on February 28th from 5:00-7:30p.m. for those sophomores and their parents that would like to view programs and speak with instructors..
Adult Education Director Angie Fahy updated the board about the LPN-RN Transition Program
informational sessions that were held on January 21st and January 28th. Mrs. Fahy also updated the
board about the Phlebotomy Program that has now been approved by the state, pending the Chancellor’s
In new business, the Board:
➢ Approved two (2) supplemental contracts for student workers.
➢ Approved one overnight and out of state travel for two (2) staff members.
➢ Approved overnight stay in Columbus for BPA contestants
➢ Approved Mr. Knott as a bus driver
➢ Accepted a vehicle donation from the Van Wert County Commissioners and a donation of four
vehicles from a local couple.
➢ Approved a one-time stipend for two (2) employees
➢ Approved the Adult Education program cost sheets
➢ Accepted two (2) resignations
➢ Approved the Rothacker-Lampe equipment purchase list
End of Superintendent’s Consent Agenda Items
Outside of Consent Agenda Items
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22(G)(5), the Superintendent hereby
requests that the Board adjourn into executive session to discuss matters required to be kept confidential
by Federal or State law.
Adjournment – at the call of the President and at the pleasure of the Vantage Career Center Board of
Next meeting – Thursday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
At Thomas Edison
Regular March Board Meeting