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VAN WERT – The Vantage Board of Education held a brief meeting on Thursday where updates were given on the happenings of the building by superintendent Rick Turner as well as high school director Tony Unverferth and OTC director Missy McClurg.

Tuner gave a brief report where he said that the career tech deregulation bill, known as SB 89, was introduced into the Ohio Senate on Wednesday. Tuner said the bill is good news for career technical schools.

During his report, Unverferth touted the success of the recent Open House and Taste of Vantage event. Around 20 businesses participated in the event as well as area students and parents.

"The whole reason we do that night is to welcome former students back, of course, but also to give prospective students and their parents a chance to come out," said Unverferth.

Over 224 applications from students looking to go to Vantage next year had been turned in as of Thursday.

Unverferth also applauded Vantage/Parkway Criminal Justice student Cody Gaham who was the first in Ohio to win the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s Martin Luther King Jr. Essay contest twice.

During her report, McClurg announced that the next STNA class begins on April 1 and the next welding class starts on March 19.

"Our firefighter class started tonight," said McClurg. "They were really excited to get started."

Looking forward to next year, McClurg said the OTC plans to hold free job prep events each quarter. She also noted that the OTC is adding a 150-hour machining class and a 280-hour welding class.

Also during the meeting, the board motioned to approve employment at Vantage Career Center for the following individuals:

• Three-year contracts for Paula VanTilburg as career tech supervisor and for Ted Verhoff as career tech supervisor.

• Two-year contracts for Dianna Ashbaugh as assistant treasurer, Anna Baker as superintendent secretary, Alaina Ellis as high school secretary, Lisa Enyart in the cafeteria, Tara Miller in the cafeteria and Miriam Owens as community relations coordinator.

The board motioned to approve employment at the Ohio Technical Center for the following individuals: Steven Stechschulte - $21 per hour for police academy instructor; Douglas Edelbrock, Christopher Cline, Jon Jones and Barrett Dorner - $21 per hour for fire fighting instructor; Tami Blanton - $21 per hour for medical assistant instructor; Kelli Bergstrom, Ashlyn Pierstorff and Jessica Hoyng - $25 per hour for practical nursing program instructor.

In other business, the Board made the following motions:

• Accept the resignations of Christy Wortman, OTC medical assistant instructor, effective Feb. 14; Kathleen Tyler, OTC interim director, effective Feb. 13; Mary Jo Wilhelm, community relations consultant, effective immediately; and Thomas Bowersox, custodian/maintenance, effective March 8.

• Accept the donation of $250 from Herbert Orr Company to be used for materials for the STEM Project.

• Accept the donation of $250 from Unverferth Manufacturing Company to be used for materials for the STEM Project.

The board also accepted several trips and approved the removal of April 19 as a calamity day for the 2018-19 school year. The makeup day schedule is set for April 22, May 23-24, and May 28-31.

With no further public business, the board adjourned into executive session for the purpose of considering the employment of an employee or official of the school district.

The next Vantage Board of Education meeting is set for Thursday, April 4 at 5:15 p.m. with the All Boards Dinner Program to follow at 6 p.m.