(Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)
(Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)

Times Bulletin News Writer


VAN WERT - Vantage Career Center held the 36th annual Vantage All Boards Dinner Thursday evening. Board of Education representatives from 15 local schools were present to enjoy the night's meal prepared by Vantage culinary students and guest speakers.

Guests at the event were Jennifer Stiff and Derek Haggerty of Scott, Scriven and Wahoff, LLP. Vantage program introductions were given by Superintendent Staci Kaufman and program staff introduced three 2013 outstanding students who each acted as the night's speakers.
The first outstanding student, Matt Burgei, son of Gary and Karen Burgei, is a senior in the industrial mechanics program. His home school is Ottoville Local Schools, and he plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in accounting.

Tressa Ringwald, daughter of Cindy Friedrich, was also nominated as an outstanding student of Vantage Career Center. Ringwald is a senior in interactive media. Her home school is Lincolnview Local Schools. She plans to attend Bowling Green State University and major in art education.

The final outstanding student of 2013 was Cora Finfrock, the daughter of Delta Dingus. Her home school is Crestview Local Schools, and she is now a senior in the culinary arts program. Finfrock plans to attend International Business College and major in travel and hospitality.

The Vantage Board of Education also met in a short session to discuss upcoming school events in the month of April including a trip to Haiti for the Student Interact Club on April 12. Kaufman as well as a few other teachers will be making the trip to Haiti to view the carpentry program established there nearly 10 years ago. The program was funded by the Rotary Club as well as Vantage students. Not enough funds were raised this year for students to make the trip, but the staff trip will help to insure that the trip is available for future students.

Employment was approved for Ashley Cline as special education coordinator, Leigh Carey for health technologies, Paula Getz as medical office management, Amy Grothouse for cosmetology, Daniel Joyce for science, Jamie Kipfer for math, Michelle Knippen for special education, and Matt Miller for science.

Also approved were Mike Miller in Ag diesel, Larry Regedanz for network systems, Sherryl Proctor in math, Angie Shellabarger as special education coordinator, Susan Smith in cosmetology, Tony Unverferth for social studies, and Kent Taylor and Mel White for electricity.

The resignation of Peg Bollenbacher as social studies instructor was also accepted for the purpose of retirement. A resolution to non-renew the position of buildings and grounds educational aide, Brenda Wurst was accepted due to low program enrollment at this time.

In adult education, Kevin Taylor was approved as police academy assistant, Deborah Venderley in health careers, and Michael Miller in trade and industry.

A resolution was approved for the agreement career technical program services between Delphos City School Board of Education and Vantage Board of Education. A resolution was also approved for the satellite agreement between Van Wert city Schools and Paulding Exempted Village School District and Vantage Career Center for the 2013-2014 school year.