(From left to right) Vantage Board member Lonnie Nedderman poses with Larry Unverferth, Unverferth Manufacturing, and Loren Shindeldecker, Central Insurance Companies, who were named to the 2019 OSBA Business Honor Roll. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
(From left to right) Vantage Board member Lonnie Nedderman poses with Larry Unverferth, Unverferth Manufacturing, and Loren Shindeldecker, Central Insurance Companies, who were named to the 2019 OSBA Business Honor Roll. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Tony Unverferth attended his last Vantage Board of Education meeting as Vantage High School Director on Thursday. Unverferth plans to return to the classroom while current Student Services Supervisor Mike Knott will step into the High School Director position.

Unverferth said that the decision wasn’t an easy one but that he missed the day-to-day interaction with students in the classroom. While he doesn’t plan to return to the classroom immediately, when he does it will be at Vantage and he will teach social studies which he had taught for six years prior to his role as director. Unverferth has been the director for the past three years.

“This has been an awesome opportunity,” said Unverferth. “I’m going back to the classroom, that’s where my passion is and it took going out of the classroom to figure that out, but this has really been an experience that I think I’m going to learn a lot from and already have learned a lot from. I think I’m going to be a much better teacher knowing the things I know and knowing what goes on behind the scenes in a successful place like this.”

Knott was approved for the position during the May Vantage meeting. He has been with Vantage Career Center for 12 years. He began as a math teacher in 2007 and has been in the Student Services role for the past six years.

Knott said he is looking forward to taking over in a new capacity and having an impact on the entire student body.

“Our mission is to prepare our students for the workforce or higher education,” said Knott. He continued by stating that he is looking forward to, “really advancing that mission and getting our students out into the communities to partner with our local businesses and get them employed locally so they can start to give back to their communities as well.”

Knott will serve as the director at the July Board meeting.

Later in the meeting, the Board approved Tonya Temple as the new Student Services Supervisor.

In other business, the Board approved a revised tax budget after an error was found on the previous tax budget which required Treasurer Laura Peters to lower expected revenues. The Board also approved a resolution to amend the appropriations and revenues for fiscal year 2019.

The Board named Central Insurance Companies and Unverferth Manufacturing Company to the 2019 OSBA Business Honor Roll, showing appreciation for both firms’ ongoing support of the community’s public schools.

Also during the meeting, in addition to approving a large number of contracts, Vantage made the following motions:

- Accept the donation of $1,000 from Jody and Christopher Wannemacher to the Construction Equipment Technology Student Activity Fund for building a shed

- Accept the donation of $165 from Van Wert Manor for the student meals at the All Boards Dinner on April 4, 2019

- Accept the donation of $100 from Psi Iota Xi Sorority for the Vantage Preschool

- Accept the donation of $100 from Psi Iota Xi Sorority for the Vantage Media Center

- Accept the resignation of Ruth Fogle-Brickner, In School Discipline Coordinator, for the purpose of retirement effective July 1, 2019

- Accept the resignation of Cynthia Krizan, Ohio Technical Center Assessment Coordinator, for the purpose of retirement effective June 27, 2019

The board also approved a resolution to accept the land purchase agreement between the Trustees of the Marsh Foundation, under the will of George H. Marsh, deceased and the Van Wert County Area Joint Vocational Board of Education, aka Vantage Career Center. Vantage paid the Marsh Foundation $10,200 an acre for 15.167 acres for a total price of $154,703.40.

The Board then went into executive session for the purpose of discussing employment of an employee or official of the School District and then adjourned.

The next Vantage Board of Education meeting is set for June 27 at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Room.