Pete Prichard, Ohio Technical Career Center Director, resigned after 18 years of service to Vantage. He will now be working with Northwest State Community College. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Pete Prichard, Ohio Technical Career Center Director, resigned after 18 years of service to Vantage. He will now be working with Northwest State Community College. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – The Vantage Board of Education accepted the resignation of three employees during their Thursday Board meeting. Ohio Technical Career Center Director Pete Prichard was among those resigning.

Prichard is resigning from Vantage after 18 years of service. Prichard recently accepted a job working with Northwest State Community College as their Job and Family Services Director of Workforce Development. The position is part of a new program that targets area youth in Wood County who are below the poverty level. It is designed to provide services and training to enable those individuals to enter the workforce and obtain living wage jobs.

"Last Wednesday I did receive and accept an offer of employment for a unique opportunity for me to expand and develop the workforce from a different approach, and I'm looking froward to that," said Prichard. "The worst part about accepting an offer, of course, is that I'll have to leave Vantage. There are so many people here that I want to thank for their support and patience over the last 18 years."

Prichard thanked the staff and Board of Education both past and present and looks forward to the new career opportunity.

"I'll always be supportive of Vantage Career Center," said Prichard.

Prichard's resignation will be effective March 26, 2018.

The Board also accepted the resignation of Mary Jo Wilhelm, Community Relations Coordinator, effective June 30, 2018, due to retirement and Kari Casto, Math Instructor, effective March 23, 2018.

During his report, Superintendent Rick Turner spoke about school safety after recent school threats.

"We have begun the dialog within our district to asses our entire district-wide safety plan to ensure that we're providing as safe an environment as possible for our staff and students," said Turner. "I've also reached out to our state-wide career center superintendent to begin the sharing of best practices among career centers in Ohio."

In other business, the Ohio Technical Center has begun handing out information on the LPN program. They are currently planning to go school to school to get the information out to high school students.

The Board accepted a donation of a 4 cylinder skid steer diesel engine, valued at $2,000 from The Kenn-Feld Group LLC for instructional use in the Vantage Ag and Industrial Power Technology program. Also accepted was a donation of six squares of 50-year shingles form Gamby Construction valued at $725 for instructional use in the Construction Equipment Technology program.

The Board also approved the addition of the OTC CDL program and vehicles to the current Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority insurance policy.

With no further business, the Board went into executive session for the purpose of considering employment of an employee or official of the school district and then adjourned.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 5 at 5:15 p.m. in the District Conference Room. The annual Vantage All Boards Dinner will be held after at 6 p.m.