In the first of two votes, the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education voted unanimously to place a .6 mill permanent improvement issue on the May 8, 2018, ballot to renovate the career center’s 43-year-old building to provide students advanced technical training for 21st century jobs. This is the first time in 40 years the district has placed an issue on the ballot. If passed, it would cost taxpayers $1.84 a month, or $22 a year, per $100,000 of a home’s market value.
The board said the issue is needed to offer enhanced lab-learning classes in fields that have local jobs to be filled, such as healthcare and skilled manufacturing, as well as create new learning spaces so additional training can be offered. The issue is also needed to make repairs and improvements to prolong the use of the existing building.
The board has been discussing plans to meet the demand for skilled workers in emerging jobs within the district’s communities and adapt to the ever-changing technology needs for the past few years.
Students who attend Ohio Hi-Point receive advanced technical training and can earn professional certifications needed for the modern-day workforce and college credit for coursework. The district is responsible with taxpayer resources and in the district’s day-to-day operations. In the last 20 years, the career center has lived within its means while growing by more than 3,500 students.
“We know how important it is ensuring every student has a plan, whether for employment or continuing education. Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s successes through advanced technical and skills training will continue to help grow our own local economy,” said superintendent Dr. Rick Smith.
“This permanent improvement issue will provide funds for renovations on the Bellefontaine Main Campus and increase technology, tools and equipment within the district’s satellite programs needed for today’s modern-day workforce,” he added.
The Board will now go to the County Auditor to certify the total current tax valuation of the School District and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy.
To learn more about the upcoming permanent improvement issue, please visit www.ohiohipoint.com.
The Board also heard presentations from students around the district during the regularly scheduled meeting.
Kolt Buchenroth, a 2017 graduate from Kenton High School who was enrolled in Ohio Hi-Point’s Agriculture program at Kenton, shared his experiences and success of placing first in the Proficiency Award at the FFA National Convention this year. He is currently attending OSU-Lima studying Agriculture Communication and serves as the WKTN Agricultural News Director and handles the communication for the Hardin County Fair.
Stephen Dunham, and Outdoor Careers student and his instructor, Cole Carpenter, spoke to the Board about the multiple community service projects the students have completed this year, including work at the Bellefontaine Middle School, Benjamin Logan High School, and the Hilliker YMCA. The program recently placed first in Ohio High School Landscape Olympics in Wooster, Ohio, winning $1,500 for additional professional development opportunities and events.
During the meeting, the Board approved a donation of a server enclosure and a wall mount enclosure, donated from Rittal Corporation, to be used in the career center’s new Dr. Sloan Smart Technology Center.
Dakota Horton, an Animal Science senior from Benjamin Logan High School, and Austyn Collier, an Allied Health and Nursing senior from Graham High School, were recognized as the November Students of the Month.
Justin Lacher, Multimedia Marketing instructor, was recognized as the November Staff Member of the Month.
In other board action:
· Heard the Legislative Report from Paul McMahill
· Approved the action items recommended by the Treasurer including the October 2017 Financial Statement, interest and investments, appropriation modifications, transfers, and advances, and appropriation increases and decreases
· Approved the registration of Christopher Mallow (Bellefontaine, Ohio), Facilities and Grounds Administrative Assistant, effective Oct. 28, 2017, for personal reasons
· Approved the internship agreements with the approved companies
· Approved the employment of Aubrie Stillings (West Liberty, Ohio) as a substitute effective Jan. 1, 2018, and Bradley Jackson (DeGraff, Ohio) as a substitute effective Nov. 13, 2017
· Approved tuition reimbursement catch-up payments for approved staff members
· Approved the out-of-state professional development for Kurt Forrest, Mechanicsburg Satellite CBI instructor, to attend the United States Marine Educator Workshop in Parris Island, SC, in January, and Rodney Peterson, Automotive Academy instructor, to attend the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show and classes in Indianapolis, IN, in December.
· Approved the Salary and Fringe 5-Year Plan
· Approved the joint agreement appointing the Midwest Regional and Madison-Champaign County Educational Service Centers to serve as the Business Advisory Council for the district
· Voted to support Senate Bill 2016 as a start to increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the state system of education
The next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, December 13. A reorganization meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a regular board meeting at 7 p.m.
Kelsey Webb is Director of Communications & Public Relations for the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.