From left to right: Superintendent Rick Turner, High School Director Mike Knott, and Ohio Technical Center Director Kit Tyler each give a report to the Vantage Board of Education on Thursday. (DHI Media/ Kirsten Barnhart)
From left to right: Superintendent Rick Turner, High School Director Mike Knott, and Ohio Technical Center Director Kit Tyler each give a report to the Vantage Board of Education on Thursday. (DHI Media/ Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – The number of earned credentials has increased in the past several years according to Vantage Career Center Superintendent Rick Turner. During the regular Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Turner noted that 1,044 credentials were earned in 2019, an increase of 237 credentials earned from the previous year.

"Kudos to both sides of the organization: adult education and high school," said Turner. "And I need to note that adult education has doubled the number of credentials that they have issued over what they had in 2017. That comes with hard work and emphasis on that."

Turner presented data from 2017 that showed that high school and adult students earned a total of 592 credentials. In 2018, 807 credentials were earned.

Also during his report, Turner commended students and said he was proud of them and how they represented the facility during Senator Rob Portman's tour on Wednesday.

"It was a very good showing [and] reflection on the job that our staff and everyone is doing with our students," said Turner.

During his report, High School Director Mike Knott said that 53 seniors are eligible for the National Technical Honor Society.

"That's approximately 25 percent of our senior class that is eligible for that," said Knott. "To be eligible they have to have 3.5 GPA and over 95 percent attendance. So, that was exciting."

Knott also reported that the first few weeks of school have gone very well with 97 percent attendance rate, which is up from where the school had been in year's past.

During her report, Ohio Technical Center Director Kit Tyler gave an update on the partnership with the tank plant. The Lima Army Tank Plant is in great need of welders. On Saturday, six individuals are expected to use Vantage's resources to participate in welding testing which requires special resources to fit the tank plant's needs. Tyler said that Vantage is happy to assist in that process.

Also during the meeting, Vantage Career Center heard a brief presentation from Jerry Zielke, Paulding County Economic Development Director, about projects in Paulding that will bring revenue to Vantage including a non-GMO feed facility and additional wind turbines. Ziekle also said that Paulding is bringing a Northwest State satellite location to their area for adults who can't make it to Northwest State who may be in need of skills training.

In other business, the Board made the following motions:

- Approve Erica Krause as a bus driver for the 2019-20 school year pending recertification requirements.

- Accept the resignation of Jean Sullivan, full-time Practical Nursing Program Administrator/Instructor, for the purpose of retirement, effective Sept. 8, 2019, and employ Jean Sullivan as part-time Practical Nursing Program Administrator/Instructor.

- Accept the donation of various medical supplies, valued at $132, from Van Wert Health, Van Wert, Ohio for instructional use in the Practical Nursing program.

- Accept the donation of a 2001 Honda Civic, estimated value of $500, from Mary Roof, Van Wert, Ohio for instructional use in the Auto Technology program.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from Kirk Investments, LLC at 303 W. Forrest St., Continental, Ohio, 100 percent abatement for five years.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from Greve Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Van Wert at 756 W. Ervin St., Van Wert, Ohio, 95 percent abatement for 10 years.

- Resolution to amend the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from Unverferth Manufacturing at 601 S. Broad St., Kalida, Ohio, for 2018 abated year, 2019 collection year and subsequent years.

- Resolution to waive the 45-day notice and approve the residential Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) agreement in lieu of taxes from CMS Holding and Rentals, LLC. at 503 E. Crawford St., Van Wert, Ohio, 50 percent abatement for five years.

- Resolution to approve the Enterprises Zone Agreement from Mansfield Welding Service LLC. at 20027 State Route 613, Oakwood, Ohio, 100 percent abatement for 10 years with 40 percent annual compensation.

- Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Paulding Wind Farm IV, LLC and Vantage Career Center.

The Board also approved a number of contracts.

With no further business, the Board went into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters and then adjourned.

The next meeting is set for Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Room. A records committee meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.