Lonnie Nedderman, Vantage Board Vice-President, (left) and Pat Baumle, Vantage President, (right), listen as Treasurer Laura Peters addresses the Board. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Lonnie Nedderman, Vantage Board Vice-President, (left) and Pat Baumle, Vantage President, (right), listen as Treasurer Laura Peters addresses the Board. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – The Vantage Board of Education met on Thursday and held their yearly tax budget hearing and organizational meeting. The regular Board meeting followed.

During the organizational meeting, Wayne Trace's Pat Baumle was re-nominated Board President while Crestview's Lonnie Nedderman was re-named Board Vice-President.

Continental's Ron Bradford was named Legislative Liaison, and Kalida's Greg von der Embse was named Student Achievement Liaison.

Meetings for the year are planned to typically take place on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. with the exception of three meetings: Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 7 p.m. (July meeting), and Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at 6 p.m.

A number of other yearly items were also approved during the organizational meeting.

The Board then continued into the regular meeting.

During the regular meeting, Treasurer Laura Peters noted that the school will be replacing their postage meter. She noted that the school is looking to reduce costs. A resolution was made to enter into a purchase lease agreement for 60 months for a Neopost/MailFinace mail machine with IMS (Internal Mailing Systems). Peters noted that the longer the lease agreement extends, the cheaper the costs are.

During his report, Superintendent Rick Turner said that school officials will be meeting with legislators to discuss a career tech deregulation bill, to advocate a career education planning budget, and to discuss other items.

Turner also thanked Board members recognized them during School Board Recognition Month. Tuner presented the members with a bottle holder with their names on them made by students in the Construction Equipment program and students in the Electricity program at Vantage.

"We recognize the commitment it takes to serve on a school board, and each of you serves on two boards of education," said Tuner.

Also during the meeting, Interim Ohio Technical Center Director Kit Tyler announced that there are currently 14 high school students that are currently doing the driving training portion of their CDL training. The students have already completed the classwork and are now trying to earn their driving hours.

"When you see those trucks out right now, it is a high school student that is driving that right now," said Tyler. "We don't have any adult programs going at this point."

Another six students have finished the classroom work and are waiting to be scheduled for the driving portion of the class.

Tyler also said that the school is gearing up to help train welders for General Dynamics, who need to hire around 125 welders.

In other business, the Board made the following motions:

- Accept the resignation of Lonnie Schlosser, OTC welding instructor, effective Dec. 18, 2018.

- Accept a grant of $59,150 from the Van Wert County Foundation to be used to purchase electronic items. (Rothacker-Lampe Bequest)

- Accept the resignation of Linda Arnold, OTC Program Director and Instructor for PNP, effective Jan. 3, 2019, and hire Linda Arnold hourly, as needed, as PNP Advisor at the rate of $29.13 per hour.

- Motion to approve the appointment of Staci Kaufman as the Board of Education’s Designee to hear a student expulsion appeal.

- Resolution to enter into a purchase lease agreement for 60 months for a Neopost/MailFinance mail machine with IMS (International Mailing Systems).

- Approve the following Supplemental Contracts: Miriam Owens - $250 Stipend - Step Into Your Future, Annette Klinger - $200 Stipend - Step Into Your Future, Jerry Robinson - $200 Stipend - Step Into Your Future, Mike Miller - $200 Stipend - Step Into Your Future, Larry Regedanz - $200 Stipend - Step Into Your Future, Gary Cearns - $200 Stipend - Step Into Your Future, and Brenda Wurst - $100 Stipend - Step Into Your Future.

- Employ the following list, as Ohio Technical Center instructors, as needed, as scheduled: Charles Peters - $37.50 per hour - CDL Training Manager, Michael McClain - $21 per hour - Police Academy Instructor, Robert Herber - $21 per hour - Fire Fighting Instructor, Hunter Blankemeyer - $20 per hour - Welding Instructor, Robert Ward - $21 per hour - Machining Instructor, Robert Ward - $30 per hour - Customized Training Instructor, Russell Moorman - $21 per hour - Fire Fighting Instructor, and Craig King - $20 per hour - Fire Fighting Instructor.

With no further business, the Board went into executive session consider confidential information related to the marketing plans, specific business strategy, production techniques, trade secrets, or personal financial statements of an applicant for economic development assistance, or to negotiations with other political subdivisions respecting requests for economic development assistance.

The Board then adjourned. The next meeting is set for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at 7 p.m.