Vantage High School Director Tony Unverferth gives his report as Kathleen Tyler, Interim Adult Education Director, looks on. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Vantage High School Director Tony Unverferth gives his report as Kathleen Tyler, Interim Adult Education Director, looks on. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Kathleen Tyler was approved as Interim Adult Education Director at a rate of $275 per day effective Nov. 12 during the December Vantage Board of Education meeting on Thursday. Tyler is filling in for OTC Director Missy McClurg while she is on leave.

During Tyler's report, she noted that the Fire Charter would hopefully be ready to go in January. David Cummings, Austin Miller, and Brian Sheets were approved for employment as Fire Fighting Instructors during Thursday's meeting.

"It's really going to do a lot for Vantage," said Tyler of the firefighter program. "It's really going to do a lot for our area."

Tyler also said that there is a need for welders, assemblers, and machinist for General Dynamics. The Ohio Technical Center is looking to train welders to help place them in that career field.

During his report, Superintendent Rick Turner told the Board that legislatively, Ohio is looking at changing graduation requirements but that nothing has been set in stone yet.

Turner also commended several teachers for going above and beyond during parent-teacher conferences.

"Apparently during parent-teacher conferences, we had a group of teachers that told a parent that their student had been displaying signs of a concussion," said Turner. "The parent knew that the student had been in an automobile accident in July, but did not realize that there was a possibility of a concussion. They went and had it checked out medically and there was."

Turner said the parent called and thanked the teachers for recognizing a difference in the student. Turner said that the teachers involved identifying the signs of the concussion were Larry Regedanz, Sonya Yenser-Hammon, Theresa Mengerink, Audrey Stechschulte, and Dan Joyce.

Tony Unverferth said, during his report, that Vantage had 58 students with perfect attendance and a 4.0 GPA at the end of the first nine weeks. He noted that was an all time high for the school.

Also during the meeting, the Board appointed Pat Baumle of Wayne Trace as President Pro-Tem for the January 2019 Organizational Meeting.

Chad Cupples, Michael Dirr, Jason Miller, and Jeffrey Hammons were hired as Police Academy Instructors during the meeting, and the Board accepted the resignation of James Rosen, effective Dec. 31, 2018, for the purpose of retirement.

Other motions during the meeting are as follows:

- Approve the Memorandum of Agreement between Vantage Career Center and the Van Wert County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the Van Wert County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide shelter and family reunification areas in the event of an emergency evacuation of Vantage Career Center.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the City of Van Wert residential Community Reinvestment Area Agreement between Robert D. Agler of 243 Parkview Drive, Van Wert, Ohio, and Vantage Career Center.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Putnam County Community Improvement Corporations TIF agreement between County View Farm, owner Mr. Glen Rayman, of Road 22, Cloverdale, Ohio 45827 and Vantage Career Center, choosing option B with the terms of 15 years at 100 percent abatement with a 25 percent payback.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Putnam County Community Improvement Corporations TIF agreement between AGR Farms LLC, owner Garrett Rayman, of Road 22, Cloverdale, Ohio 45827 and Vantage Career Center, choosing option B with the terms of 15 years at 100 percent abatement with a 25 percent payback.

- Approve the Memorandum of Agreement between Vantage Career Center and Trinity Friends Church for Trinity Friends Church to provide off-site teaching facilities in the event of an emergency evacuation of Vantage Career Center.

The Board also read the NEOLA revised policies for the final time.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned. The next meeting is set for Jan. 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. and will include the annual organizational meeting.