Vantage Superintendent Rick Turner congratulates Delphos City School Superintendent Doug Westrick. The Vantage Board of Education adopted a resolution adding the Delphos City School District to the Vantage Career Center School District on Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Vantage Superintendent Rick Turner congratulates Delphos City School Superintendent Doug Westrick. The Vantage Board of Education adopted a resolution adding the Delphos City School District to the Vantage Career Center School District on Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

By SHERRY MISSLER

Times Bulletin Staff Writer

smissler@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT — On Thursday, March 5 during its regular meeting, the Vantage Career Center Board Of Education approved a resolution to add the Delphos City School District to the Vantage Career Center School District. On hand at the meeting were Delphos City School Superintendent Doug Westrick, Board President Erica Pimpas, and Andy North, board member.

Leading off the meeting was Tony Unverferth, Director of Staff Leadership and Student Engagement, who spoke on a couple of programs he has been working on. The first was Drug Free Club of America where students volunteer to become members of the club. “What it does is give the kids a reason to save no, a reason to say ‘I can’t do drugs because I’m going to get tested,’” Unverferth said. He added that the kids are tested, but it is totally confidential and the school won’t know the results. Only the students and the parents will know. He noted that upon approval by the Board, he would work to raise the money to provide rewards to club members. “We think it’s a really cool program and a lot of career centers in the state are doing it,” Unverferth added.

He then spoke on a second program he had been working on, what is known by the state as a job training coordination program or JTC. “We can call it whatever we want. We haven’t hired a teacher yet so we haven’t come up with an official name,” Unverferth said. He said it wasn’t a traditional program that the school would recruit for, but was one designed for students with special needs. "We have several businesses that have said, 'yeah we'll take a couple of kids here,'" Unverferth said. He said that the special needs staff at the home schools have been working with the special needs staff at Vantage to make it happen. He said it would provide the kids with not only job training but also teach the students basic life and career skills. "We are pretty excited about it," Unverferth said.

During his portion of the meeting, Superintendent Rick Turner spoke on a number of issues under consideration by the state legislature, including EdChoice. High School Director Michael Knott spoke on several matters including the recent open house, preparations for an upcoming mock evacuation, and mentioned a number of students who had qualified for competitions. Kit Tyler, the adult education director, spoke on largely on $127,000 in funding the school had received from JobsOhio. The money will be used, Tyler said, "to expand and enhance our precision machine trades program and our welding program on the adult side."

In other matters, the Board:

* Approved the employment of Janey Knittle for two years, cafeteria; Isaac McKanna for one year, part-time custodial; Darrell Miller for one year, Attendance and Discipline Officer (Dean of Students), Amy Weichart-Bayliff, two years, In-School Discipline Coordinator, and Jacob Wortman for two years, Maintenance/Custodial.

* Employed Robert Gubbins at $30 per hour as a customized training instructor, adult education.

* Approved a number of trips, including an overnight stay for SkillsUSA State contestants (Construction Equipment and Precision Machining) in Dayton; an overnight stay for SkillsUSA State contestants in Columbus; an overnight stay for FFA members to participate in the State FFA Ag Mechanics competition in Wooster; an overnight stay for FFA members to participate in the State FFA Outdoor Power competition in Wooster; an overnight stay for FFA members attending the State FFA Convention held in Columbus; and overnight and out-of-state travel for Susan Farr to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to attend the 2020 Educating the Young Entrepreneur through Freedoms Foundation.

* Accepted a donation of a FANUC M-740 robot, valued at $10,000 from The University of Northwestern Ohio, with special thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis and Brock Atkins, for use in the Industrial Mechanics program.

* Accepted a several monetary donations, including one of $100 from an anonymous individual for use in the Interact Club, a donation of $2,500 from The Van Wert Rotary Club for use in the Interact Club, and $1,344.00 from the State Library of Ohio for a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant award.

* Approved the 2020-21 school calendar.

* Approved the Memorandum of Agreement between Vantage Career Center and Trinity Friends Church Family Life Center for Trinity Friends Church Family Life Center to provide shelter and family reunification areas in the event of an emergency evacuation of Vantage Career Center.

The next regular board meeting is set for Thursday, April 2 beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the district conference room to be followed by the annual Vantage All Boards dinner program at 6 p.m. in the Vantage Commons Area.