Vantage Career Center Board of Education’s newest member, Kim Wannemacher from Ottoville, takes the oath of office. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Vantage Career Center Board of Education’s newest member, Kim Wannemacher from Ottoville, takes the oath of office. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

By Sherry Missler

Times Bulletin Staff Writer

smissler@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT — The Vantage Career Center Board Of Education held its February meeting on Thursday evening, Feb. 6, 2020, in the district conference room. The gathering kicked off with Kim Wannemacher, the Ottoville Board of Education representative, taking the oath of office to serve on the Vantage Board.

Next was a presentation by Paula VanTilburg, career tech supervisor, and Wendy Baumle, senior health technology instructor, on a new program that will begin in the fall, the Sports Exercise Therapy program. Baumle said interest in the new program so far has been phenomenal. “There have already been 156 students who have expressed an interest in the program,” Baumle said. She noted that of the 156 students, 144 participated in a survey. Thirty of those responding said they would be definitely interested in the new program and another 77 said they might be. “Twenty students have already applied,” Baumle said, adding that there were only four more open spots. “The results are amazing,” she said.

VanTilburg said they were excited about the new program and were planning to gather a lot of feedback in the next three years on the program.

Superintendent Rick Turner praised both VanTilburg and Baumle, saying they had done a tremendous job.

During his report Michael Knott, high school director, spoke on Sophomore Day held recently and the upcoming open house. He noted that the school has received 230 applications already, compared to 155 last year, and 134 from the year before.

In other business, the Board:

¦ Approved the employment of Douglas Edelbrock, Ted Tumbleson, and Mel White, Customized Training Instructor

as Adult Education instructors, as needed.

¦ Approved an out-of-state field trip for Auto Body and Auto Technology to attend the Autorama Car Show in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 28, 2020.

¦ Approved an overnight stay for BPA (Network Systems and Interactive Media) State contestants in Columbus from March 12-13, 2020.

¦ Approved an overnight stay for HOSA (Health Technology and Health Information Management) State contestants in Columbus from March 31-April 1, 2020.

¦ Approved an overnight stay for FCCLA (Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Family and Consumer Science (Van Wert) State contestants in Columbus from April 22-24, 2020.

¦ Approved overnight and out-of-state travel for Theresa Mengerink to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, July 26 through Aug. 1, 2020, to attend the Medal of Honor Legacy: Technology and the War on Terror through Freedoms Foundation.

¦ Accepted a $2,150 grant from Walmart Community Grants to be used by the Construction Equipment Technology program for community projects.

¦ Accepted the donation of a 2015 Ford Explorer police cruiser, valued at $15,953, from the City of Van Wert Police Department, for the adult education police academy.

¦ Accepted the donation of $99.96 from the United Way of Dekalb County, Indiana, for the Principal’s Fund to be used for students in need.

The next regular meeting is set for Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the district conference room.