Vantage Supt. Rick Turner addresses the Board Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Vantage Supt. Rick Turner addresses the Board Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

BY SHERRY MISSLER

DHI Staff Writer

smissler@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT — Vantage Board members gathered for a brief but productive session Thursday evening, approving a number of consent items.

Supt. Rick Turner directed much of his attention to the topic of graduation requirements. “The legislature is looking at rolling back to the three original pathways. Last year they had two additional pathways that they had given us to use. Forty-one percent of our students had used one of those alternate pathways.” He told the Board that he and the Western Buckeye ESC superintendent spoke with Rep. Riedel and Sen. McColley. “We expressed to them how important this is for us to be able to get students their high school diploma.” He said that Vantage would not wait to see what the Ohio legislature would do. “We know that we have three pathways. We know those are going to be there. We’re going to take the students that might have issues graduating and we’re going to WorkKeys test them early in September and see where they’re at and start working with them.” He said that if the legislature came along with the additional pathways that would just be a bonus.

“I have to look at your superintendents and you and be able to say that we’re going to get your students graduated and that’s our top priority,” Turner said. “I also told the two legislators that if we don’t get these kids a diploma and they go out there and beat around for six, eight, 10 years in low wage jobs then we’ll be back in adult education asking for additional money for an adult diploma program to get them a high school diploma or credentials and increase their standard of living.” He spoke on additional steps he was taking to try to get this issue resolved.

Kathleen Tyler, Ohio Technical Center Interim Director, spoke on several projects Vantage was working on. One was getting a fire charter going again at Vantage Career Center. She told the board that the Van Wert Department was “hugely supportive” of the district bringing the program back. She said they are currently looking for people to serve on an advisory committee to restart the program.

In other business, the Board:

Approved the transfer of funds.

Approved a three-year agreement with Julian and Grub.

Approved the employment of Anna Baker for one year as Superintendent Secretary.

Approved a supplemental contract for Mary Ann Falk as Lead Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator.

Employed the following, as Ohio Technical Center Instructors, for the 2018-19 school year: Robert Black, Jackie Brandt, Janet Crummey, and Annette Klinger.

Approved Tony Unverferth, Mike Knott, Ted Verhoff, Paula Vantilburg, Dave Froelich and Robert Priest as Ohio Teacher Evaluation System certified evaluators.

Approved payment to Kathleen Tyler, Ohio Technical Center Consultant, and Miriam Owens, Superintendent Secretary.

Accepted several grants.

Approved the electronic Student Handbook for the 2018-19 school year.

Accepted cafeteria bids and school lunch prices for school year 2018-2019.

Approved the Vantage Ohio Technical Center’s Adult Workforce Education program Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of jointly administering the Ohio Postsecondary Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act funds for service with Apollo, Four County, Vanguard Sentinel and Penta Career Centers.

The next meeting of the Vantage Board of Education is set for Thursday, Aug, 2 beginning at 7 p.m. in the district conference room.