Vantage Treasure Laura Peters presented the five year forecast at the October Board of Education meeting on Thursday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Vantage Treasure Laura Peters presented the five year forecast at the October Board of Education meeting on Thursday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Vantage Board of Education approved the five year forecast on Thursday during their regular monthly meeting. The projections showed what the forecast might look like without the renewal of Vantage’s .8 tax levy on November’s ballot.

“We’re not allowed to project in there as if it passes; we have to put in there as if it doesn’t,” said Vantage Treasure Laura Peters. “As we go through [the five year forecast] you’ll see what it does to us if it doesn’t pass.”

Vantage won’t feel the full effects of the non-passage during Fiscal Year 2018, but as 2019 and 2020 approach they begin to fall in the red in many areas.

“It’s very important for our public to realize how that does compound on our five year forecast and it does affect our budgets greatly if it doesn’t pass,” said Peters. “We’re very appreciative of what the public has done for us in the past and giving us the necessary funds to make sure we need to do everything we need to, to make sure we have a quality education for our students here.”

Vantage High School Director Anthony Unverferth spoke about the school’s report card which was released in September. The school received two A’s, a B, and a D. The D was in Prepared for Success. Unverferth noted that only six career centers got a C in the category and no career center received higher than a C.

Vantage Career Center ranked third out of 49, on the grade card, among JVSD’s, which is a school that has students that come from other schools, like Vantage.

In other business, Ohio Technical Center Director Pete Prichard noted that the LPN program is getting closer to being ready to go. The Ohio Board of Nursing approved OTC’s application and it will likely be on the Ohio Board of Nursing November board agenda.

“The goal is to have it up and running by Jan. 8,” said Prichard. “But of course everything is contingent upon the accrediting agencies, which is out of our hands.”

Currently the pending program has 28 interested citizens, which would more than fill the class.

Brent Wright was present at the board of education meeting to explain to the board that he will be resigning as Vantage’s welding instructor effective Dec. 21, 2017. The Vantage alumni expressed his gratitude toward the school but stated that an opportunity arose in Topeka, Kansas, to operate a motor sports park. He was present at the board meeting to pay his respects to Vantage and to explain to the board himself his reason for leaving, as well as to express how grateful he is for the opportunities Vantage has given him.

During the meeting the board approved a list of supplemental employment contracts.

Mary Ann Falk and Mel White were approved as Evaluation Committee members.

The following students were approved as banquet workers: Tanam Brown, Dominique Bush, Hailey Cotterman, Brittney Cross, Emily Freund, Haley Martin, Jacob Mueller, Xavier Sherburn, Katheryn Bolenbaugh, Hailey Brenneman, Sedellia Brower, Curtis Brown, Jennifer Cardenas, Tees Deitemeyer, Samantha Dunlap, Tanner Dunn, Kaleb Helms, Najah Martin, Rylee Phillips, Anthony Porter, Garrett Smith, Raeanne Theobald, and Ashley Thrasher.

The following were approved as adult banquet workers: Marcia Osenga, Penny Baucom, Cindy Harting, Diane Becker, Annette Klinger, Karen McGilton, Nancy Keith, Gail Gillett, Beth Evans, Paula VanTilburg, Robin Burns, and Penny Baucom.

Also approved were Ohio Technical Center Instructors for the 2017-18 year. Jennifer Warnecke was approved as Medical Assistant Instructor. Kathleen Coraspe was approved as Medical Assistant Co-Lead Instructor. Jourdan Tomlinson was approved as Medical Assistant Instructor. Thomas Zuber was approved as Welding Instructor. Tiffany Schnipke was approved as OTC Evening Secretary.

The board then went into executive session to consider confidential information related to the marketing plans, specific business strategy, production techniques, trade secrets, or personal financial statements of an applicant for economic development assistance, or to negotiations with other political subdivisions respecting requests for economic development assistance, and then adjourned.

The next Vantage board meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Room.