Allie Etter (far right) speaks about a project they presented at a state competition as Bridget Martin (far left) and Lyrissa Hammons (second from right) look on. Lynda Ragan, FCS instructor holds the project. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Allie Etter (far right) speaks about a project they presented at a state competition as Bridget Martin (far left) and Lyrissa Hammons (second from right) look on. Lynda Ragan, FCS instructor holds the project. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – The Vantage Board of Education heard from several students that recently placed in competitions and will be moving on to the next level.

Bridget Martin, a junior health technology student, recently placed second in the state in the nurse assisting competition. Martin will move on to compete in Orlando, Florida in the national competition in June.

Martin passed a multiple choice test and then moved on to a skills test where she had to present two skills learned in her STNA program that were chosen at random. She was timed and judged on two random skills and earned a medal for her second place win.

Senior ECE student Katie Hemp recently competed in a life event planning competition where she placed first and will move on to nationals at Anaheim, California. For her presentation, she planned out her own graduation party.

Allie Etter and Lyrissa Hammons, FCS students, will also be heading to Anaheim, California after placing in the top two. The pair did the interior design competition.

"They give you a scenario which is a client and what they want, and you have to do everything from the floor plan to the design concept to picking out the furniture," said Hammons who added that they also came up with their own brand for a hotel. The brand had to be incorporated into the hotel.

The Board congratulated the students and approved their over-night trips later in the meeting.

Also during the meeting, Treasure Laura Peters discussed the Five-Year Forecast which is updated twice a year. Peters noted that overall the bottom line looks to increase due to more revenue coming in than projected. Vantage looks to stay in the black for the next five years.

"We are seeing an increase yet in our funds," said Peters who said that it could change, especially with the new biannual budget.

During his report, Superintendent Rick Turner spoke about items going on at the state level. He noted that the Career Tech De-Regulation Bill (SB 89) is still in the senate and has not yet moved to the house. He said items in the bill are complex and will take time but will be favorable to Career Technical Schools.

He said the skills shortage in Ohio is expected to get worse in the next several years and noted there is a push to get more people credentials. Vantage issued 807 industry-recognized credentials last year – 27 percent more than the previous year.

"We will continue to emphasize credential attainment as we move forward, which aligns with the state initiative," said Turner.

In other business, the Board made the following motions:

- Approve the College Credit Plus Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Northwestern Ohio and Vantage Career Center.

- Accept the donation of a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, valued at $1,800.00, from David Simmons, Convoy, Ohio for instructional use in the auto technology program.

- Employ the following list of employees, as needed, as scheduled: Macey Ashbaugh for summer maintenance, Penny Baucom for summer maintenance, Karen McGilton for summer maintenance, and Jacob Wortman for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year and for the 2019-20 school year for maintenance/custodial.

- Employ Michael Knott for two years as Director of Career Technical Education.

- Approve the following supplemental contracts: Jill DeWert - Interactive Media, Marcia Osenga - Early Childhood Education, Rhonda Davis - Early Childhood Education, Mike Villena - Auto Body, Larry Davis - Auto Tech, Mel White - Electricity, Susan Smith - Cosmetology, Amy Grothouse - Cosmetology, Nancy Keith - Camp Assistant, and Annette Klinger- Camp Assistant as 2019 “Career Tech Summer Camp” staff, and Susan Smith as an instructor for Cosmetology Summer Camp on Aug. 4-8.

- Employ the following list as Ohio Technical Center Instructors, as needed, as scheduled: Erin Askins for Practical Nursing Program Instructor and Jeffrey Stittsworth for AWS Welding Tester.

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

The next Vantage Board of Education meeting is set for Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Room.