Superintendent Rick Turner discussed the Vantage Career Center Report Card on Thursday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Superintendent Rick Turner discussed the Vantage Career Center Report Card on Thursday. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Vantage met on Thursday for their October Board of Education meeting where Treasurer Laura Peters gave an update on the five-year forecast.

For the next five years, the career center expects to have a little over $8 million in revenue from year to year. Peters said that career tech funding is up from last year.

"I attribute that to our new program we started with Criminal Justice and we have Construction Equipment Management," said Peters. "Hopefully, as we continue to bring students into all of our programs that will help our funding."

Peters said there has also been an increase in open enrollment from schools like Delphos St. John's and Miller City.

Based on current revenues and expenditures, the career center is projected to be in the black for the first two years and projected to eventually fall into the red in the last three years. However, Peters stated that it is difficult to predict five years out and that numbers are constantly changing.

"These are just projections; it's a working document and could change tomorrow," said Peters.

In other business, Superintendent Rick Turner gave an update on improving Career Center Report Card grades.

Vantage Career Center received an A in graduation rates, a B in technical skill, a D in prepared for success, and an A in post-program outcomes.

"We improved percentages across the board," said Turner. "The percent of students on the prepared for success went from 42 to over 47 percent, and we will continue to improve with more credential options."

Prepared for success measures students who go to college. Turner said it doesn't measure students who get a job in the field they got a credential in. Individuals are working with the Ohio Education State Department to make this criteria more fair and relevant to Career Centers who may not have may students going to college because they are going into the workforce with the credentials they gained at a Career Center.

OTC Director Missy McClurg said that the CDL program had had full classes and there are students waiting to do the program in the next few months. There is also a potential for 18 to 20 high school students to graduate high school with their Class A CDL.

In other business the Board made the following motions:

- Approve the Natural Gas Supply Agreement with Dominion Retail, Inc., for the purchase of natural gas.

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

- Accept the donation of a 2002 Ford Focus, valued at $1,493, from Scott and Clarissa Schnipke, Delphos, Ohio for instructional use in the Auto Technology program.

- Accept the donation of a 2004 Ford Pickup Truck, valued at $3,426, from Scott and Clarissa Schnipke, Delphos, Ohio for instructional use in the Auto Technology program.

- Accept the donation of a 1969 MG Roadster, valued at $2,817, from Candyce Hawk, Oakwood, Ohio for instruction use in the Auto Technology program.

- Accept the donation of three brand new Honda engines each valued at $3,629.54, for a total value of $10,888.62. The donation was made by Honda of America Manufacturing (Anna Plant) with special thanks to Karl Schimmoeller, past Vantage Career Center board member and current Ft. Jennings board member, for recommending Vantage for this donation. The engines will be used in our Auto Technology program.

- Accept a resolution to approve the Enterprise Zone Agreement with Insource Technologies, Inc., Paulding, Ohio for a 10 year, 100 percent tax abatement. Vantage Career Center will receive 40 percent of the abated amount, approximately $397.19 annually.

The Board also approved a number of contracts. The Board went into executive session to consider employment of an employee or official of the district and then adjourned.

The next Vantage Board of Education meeting is set for Nov. 1, 2018, at 7 p.m.