Ohio Hi-Point abolishes school fees

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BELLEFONTAINE – The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center school board enjoyed a holiday meal prepared by the Culinary students before its Dec. 16 meeting.

The board approved a revised policy that will remove all fees, including those associated with program labs, beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

“We don’t want a student to be denied the opportunity to follow something they’re passionate about because of a $450 tool kit. We hope this will break down a barrier for students that might not have been able to attend OHPCC,” said Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith.

Smith gave a report to the board explaining what he observed in his first 100 days as superintendent. Dr. Smith gave an evaluation of the district as well as a vision for the future, which includes new programs at main campus, acquiring state-of-the-art industry equipment for current programs and possible renovations to the main campus facility.

“I’m excited to move the district forward and provide the opportunities to students that will help them connect their passion to their dreams,” he said.

Board member Pat Wagner (Graham) is leaving the board and was recognized during the meeting for his service to the career center for past seven years.

The board recognized Meyghan Crates, an Allied Health & Nursing senior from Ridgemont High School, and Dylan Jackson, a Multimedia Marketing senior from Triad High School, as the December Students of the Month.

In other action, the board:

•Heard the legislative report from Legislative Liaison Warren Stevens (Urbana).

•Approved the November 2015 Financial Statement.

•Approved the report of the Treasurer including interest and investments; appropriation modifications, transfers and advances; and appropriation increases and decreases.

•Authorized the Treasurer to make payment for annual OSBA membership dues and fees.

•Approved Auditor of State STRS & SERS Attestation Engagement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

•Authorized the Treasurer to deposit the Logan County Solid Waste Management District’s Recycling Rewards rebate in the amount of $1,185 from the Campbell Hill recycling operations into the Board of Education Scholarship Fund; and deposit $628.20 received from the sale of scrap materials to D&J Scrap Metals into the listed CTSO funds.

•Approved the Fall Advisory Committee Minutes as presented at the Nov. 18, 2015 board meeting.

•Approved the High School Agriculture Course of Study as presented at the Nov. 18, 2015 board meeting.

•Approved extended days for approved staff members.

•Approved employment of Dustin Mobley (Bellefontaine), Automotive Instructor, effective Dec. 18, 2015.

•Approved employment of John Newland (West Mansfield) as an automotive substitute teacher effective Dec. 1, 2015.

•Approved the out-of-state professional development attendance of Mary Trudgeon, USV Satellite IT Instructor, to chaperone the USV Senior Class Trip in Manhattan, N.Y., in March.

•Approved the donation of miscellaneous car wash supplies for use at the SkillsUSA car wash fundraiser, from Rodney Peterson of Findlay, Ohio, a $400 estimated value; and the donation of a variety of items for use in the Printing & Graphics Lab, from Allmax Software, Inc., of Kenton, Ohio, a $2,850 estimated value.

•Approved new, revised and replaced policies.

•Approved the purchase of 2.818 acres of vacant land location on state Route 540, Bellefontaine, Ohio.

An organizational meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, before the 7 p.m. board meeting.

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