Hi-Point Board of Education talks construction plans

Ohio Hi-Point Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith, citing the opportunity to meet industry demands through renovation and innovation, spoke with the Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education during a regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 23 in regards to future construction plans on the Bellefontaine Main Campus.

“We are committed to providing students quality career-technical and academic education,” said Smith, “Our area is becoming a hub for manufacturing and smart technology opportunities, like autonomous vehicles. The district is moving forward to provide these types of practical learning opportunities to help meet the demands of today’s industries.”

Last year, a permanent-improvement fund was established using funds from the general fund to begin renovations on campus.

The board invested permanent improvement funds to renovate an existing building on campus for the Animal Science program, which was completed this summer.

Continuing to use funds from the permanent improvement fund, construction will start this fall on the Dr. Sloan Technology Center, which will house the new Applied Manufacturing and Smart Technologies (currently Electronics Engineering) programs. The programs will be up and running for the 2018-2019 school year.

“We’re pleased with the increased enrollment the district has seen over the past year, and hope to see continued growth with the addition of these programs and new renovations.”

During the meeting, the Board approved Thomas & Marker Construction to serve as the Construction Manager at Risk for the capital improvements program, beginning with the Dr. Sloan Technology Center and continuing with future phases as funds are available.

In other board action:

· Heard the legislative report from legislative liaison, Paul McMahill (Mechanicsburg).

· Approved out-of-state professional development for Deb Baker (CBI Instructor) and Tonya Ramey (High School Director).

· Approved out-of-state study trips for Dawn Wallace (Graham Satellite Agriculture Instructor) to accompany six students attending the Keystone International Livestock Exhibition in Harrisburg, PA, and Laura Donnelly (HOSA Advisor) to accompany one student attending the Annual Washington Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C.

· Approved the F18 bus contracts with Benjamin Logan Local Schools and Kenton City Schools.

· Approved the donation of a 1995 Volvo truck for use in the Diesel Automotive program.

· Approved employment of Vivian L. Brewer (West Mansfield), Katelyn J. Roby (Bellefontaine), and Lynne D. Hall (Marysville) as substitutes for the 2017-2018 school year.

· Approved Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith as the Board’s authorized representative for construction projects that are part of the capital improvement program.

By Kelsey Webb

Kelsey Webb is Director of Communications and Public Relations at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.