Tony Unverferth speaks about attendance during Thursday’s Vantage Board of Education meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Tony Unverferth speaks about attendance during Thursday’s Vantage Board of Education meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Vantage Career Center heard a presentation from Toby Slocum, program manager for GEM Energy, who spoke on the cost savings associated with Vantage’s solar array during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.

The presentation showed that the avoided cost savings with solar for the 2017-2018 year was $15,375 and is expected to be $17,533 for the 2018-2019 year.

The Board unanimously approved an energy supply agreement for the purchase of electricity with Constellation NewEnergy Inc. The contract term is for three years.

During her report, OTC Director Missy McClurg announced that the fire charter was submitted and an agreement has been made with Van Wert Fire Department for the use of equipment.

“All of the fire departments in our area have been great in working with us and offering up their facilities for off-site location,” said McClurg who noted that Delphos, Paulding, Convoy, Ohio City, Scott, Willshire, Van Wert, and Grover Hill have all been very helpful.

McClurg also reported that high school students will be able to participate in the CDL program soon with the potential for 16 high school students to graduate with a CDL.

During his report, Superintendent Rick Turner spoke about a survey conducted by the Businesses Advisory Council that showed that employers are looking for employees that will show up and have good attendance.

“That is the number one issue that we are hearing from employers that they are struggling with,” said Turner. “We as educators and trainers will continue to emphasize the importance of good attendance and a clean drug test to all of our students.”

Turner said there is tremendous job opportunity in Van Wert for many students, especially those who leave Vantage with a credential.

High School Director Tony Unverferth echoed Tuner’s statement and spoke on the attendance rate for students at Vantage, which is currently at 96 percent as of Thursday morning. Unverferth said that 296 students did not lose a single point through the Points Participation Program at Vantage.

“That’s exactly two-thirds of our kids that haven’t been tardy, haven’t had any unexcused absences, no discipline incidents, and no F’s on their report cards,” said Unverferth. “That’s a pretty good sign.”

Unverferth also reported that Vantage will be selling flags for the Veterans Day Flag Field with proceeds going to the Payne American Legion.

In other business, the Board approved the following:

- Accept the resignation of Kristie Jones, OTC enrollment coordinator, effective Oct. 11, 2018.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from CMS Holdings and Rentals, LLC. for the revitalization of a three-story building into a commercial unit and residential lofts at 132 E. Main St., Van Wert, Ohio, 90 percent abatement for 10-years.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from CMS Holdings and Rentals, LLC. for the revitalization of a two-story building at 115 S. Market St., Van Wert, Ohio, 90 percent abatement for 10-years.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Village of Continental residential Community Reinvestment Area Agreement between Chad and Loretta Olds of 626 Cardinal Lane, Continental, Ohio, and Vantage Career Center.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Village of Continental residential Community Reinvestment Area Agreement between Kenneth and Jennifer Searfoss of 405 E. Rice St., Continental, Ohio, and Vantage Career Center.

- Accept a grant of $1,500 from the Paulding Putnam Round Up Grant, distributed by the Paulding Putnam Electric Trust to be used for the Vantage school garden.

With no further business, the Board adjourned. The next Board of Education meeting is set for Dec. 6, 2018, at 6 p.m.