Luke Compton, IT Supervisor, gives a presentation at the Vantage Board of Education meeting on the new camera system. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Luke Compton, IT Supervisor, gives a presentation at the Vantage Board of Education meeting on the new camera system. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – The Vantage Board of Education met on Thursday and heard the semi-annual update on the five-year forecast. Treasurer Laura Peters reminded the Board that the report is a working document and is always changing.

Peter’s noted that State funding has flat-lined and the center does not expect to see much of an increase in property taxes due to a lack of building. However, the center looks to remain in the black through 2024.

“We’re continuing to stay within our budget each year... we are projecting that this year we should grow our balances,” said Peters. “As wages go up and with property taxes staying relatively level, we are using more and more of our revenues each year.”

Vantage Career Center does subsidize the Ohio Technical Center to make sure they are in the black. This year the center will grant $120,000 to make the OTC come out on top, but that number has been decreasing year to year.

OTC Director Kit Tyler said she thinks the OTC is on the right track and said with the programs they are offering, she believes it won’t be long before the OTC can remain in the black without the help of the career center.

Tyler also noted that the OTC center is potentially looking into providing a Registered Nursing program at the facility in addition to the LNP program.

During his report, High School Director Mike Knott noted that students have been selling American Flags for Veteran’s Day. The flags will be placed in front of the school on Monday. Proceeds from those sales will benefit the American Legion of Rockford.

Also during the meeting, the Board heard from Luke Compton, IT Supervisor, on camera upgrades. The new camera system cost over $100,000 and provides a superior view of what is happening in the building. A $40,000 grant was received from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to help pay for the system.

Cameras are placed in the hallways, points of access, and in labs.

“The problem was, it was very difficult to find events that happened," said Compton of the old camera system. "So if we had an accurate enough timeline given to us, we could pin it down but if it was a little hazy, it was like finding a needle in a haystack. This is a much more modern system."

The system currently saves 30 days' worth of footage but can be adjusted to store more or less.

In other business the Board made the following motions:

- Employ the following list as Ohio Technical Center Instructors for the 2019-20 school year, as needed, as scheduled: Hartsel Bryant, Jr. - CDL Coordinator/Instructor, Ronald Joseph- Police Academy Instructor, Cindy Krizan - Assessment Program Facilitator, Matthew McDougall - Police Academy Instructor, and Dillon Staas - Police Academy Instructor.

- Accept a donation of steel, valued at $1,850 from CROWN, for instructional use in the manufacturing programs.

- Accept a donation of miscellaneous IV supplies, valued at $60 from Ruth Ann Young, for instructional use in the Practical Nursing Program.

- Accept a donation, valued at $160 from Najah Martin to the culinary arts program.

- Accept the $2,500 allocation from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (House Bill 318) Legislation for School Safety.

With no further business, the Board adjourned. The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. in the District Conference Room.