Superintendent Rick Turner and High School Director Tony Unverferth listen to Andy Czajkowski during Thursday's Vantage Career Center board meeting. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Superintendent Rick Turner and High School Director Tony Unverferth listen to Andy Czajkowski during Thursday's Vantage Career Center board meeting. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

VAN WERT — The Vantage Career Center Board of Education approved a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement request from the developers of The Landing at Dickinson Farms subdivision. One of the subdivision developers, Andy Czajkowski, was at the meeting to answer questions. After the vote Czajkowski thanked the board members for "their vote of support." He added that Vantage plays a huge role in the community and said the board deserves thanks for all their efforts.

The Board also approved several Community Reinvestment Area agreements — one a Village of Kalida CRA from Triple D Enterprises, LLC for the construction of a three-unit condominium and the other a City of Van Wert residential CRA from William and Kittie Wise.

The meeting began with the introduction of some new and not-so-new faces at the school, including High School Director Anthony Unverferth, Ohio Technical Center Director Missy McClurg, Assistant Treasurer Dianna Ashbaugh, Superintendent Secretary Anna Baker, Police Academy Commander Robert Black, welding instructor Gary Cearns, part-time guidance counselor Mickey McConahay, and math instructor Audrey Stechschulte. All said they were pleased to join the Vantage team and agreed that the school year was off to "a great start."

Superintendent Rick Turner told the board Vantage had been re-accredited as an American Welding Society Welder Test Facility. He praised the staff for "the work they put in to maintain the standards required."

During her report, Treasurer Laura Peters spoke on a lightning strike the school had recently experienced. Staff members have been urged to check all classroom equipment to ensure claims would be made on everything that had been damaged. She noted that there was currently approximately $20,000 in claims. She added that since the district had not made any insurance claims in the past several years, the school's deductible had dropped to zero.

In other matters, the board:

Approved supplemental contracts to Theresa Mengerink, Laura Stocksdale, Katie Drerup, Jaime Kipfer, Ashley Cline, and Angie Shellabarger as Virtual Learning graders; Patti Rodman as STNA Check-Off /Clinical Supervisor for Health Technology; and Hailey Brenneman, Kaleb Helms, Najah Martin, and Sedellia Brower as School to Work student cafeteria workers.

Employed the following as Ohio Technical Center instructors for the 2018-19 school year: Kathleen Overmyer as a Medical Assistant instructor, Steven Boroff as a Police Academy instructor, Janet Crummey as a Medical Assistant Program co-coordinator, Donna Wheeler and Shelly Bair as Medical Assistant instructors, Brian Ankney as Fire Training consultant, and Edward Klausing as a Police Academy instructor.

Approved the leases of a 2013 Volvo Semi Truck with a manual transmission and a 2014 Volvo Semi Truck with an automatic transmission and the purchase of a 2013 Volvo Semi Truck with a manual transmission.

Approved updated and revised district, high school, and adult education job descriptions.

Approved the 2018-19 cafeteria, custodial and secretarial substitute list.

Approved a resolution in collaboration with ACE Digital Academy, an internet-based educational delivery system designed for grades K-12, providing alternative educational options for credit deficiencies, alternative programs, students being schooled at home, summer school programs, etc. for a 12-month period.

Approved out-of-state travel for Bob Spath to accompany the Van Wert robotics team for several robotics competitions as well as overnight travel for several in-state competitions.

Approved out-of-state travel for Theresa Mengerink to Chicago, Illinois, for the National Council for the Social Studies conference.

Approved a customized hourly rate for adult education at $150 per hour, not including mileage, supplies, or other items.

Approved a customized hourly rate adult education instructor pay to be $30 per hour.

Approved Tara Miller to move from step 3 to step 4 per the cafeteria salary schedule effective the 2018-19 school year.

Approved out-of-state travel for Susan Smith to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the Great Clips convention.

Approved Mike Miller as mentor for Zacharia Miller for the 2018-19 school year.

Appoint Missy McClurg as the Title IX Coordinator for Vantage Career Center for the FY19 as required by federal regulations.

The next meeting of the Vantage Career Center Board of Education will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, beginning at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Room. The regular board meeting will be preceded by a Records Committee meeting at 6:45 p.m.