BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education met on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to discuss district updates, construction plans, and upcoming events. Superintendent, Dr. Rick Smith, gave his district report to the board, including results from several career-technical student organization competitions. Chelsea Strunk and Matthew Smith are advancing to the 2017 National BPA Competition in Orlando, Florida for their performances at the Ohio BPA State Leadership Conference.
All of the BPA students who competed at the state competition placed in the top six of their respective categories. Outdoor Career students Ben Brunswick, Creighton Bradley, Stephen Dunham, and Chris Fulmer competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition from March 14-20, 2017 held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where they were only one of two career-technical schools in the nation to compete against two and four-year colleges. Chris Fulmer placed 26th out of 672 students.
The group performed well together amongst the collegiate competitors. Outdoor Careers Instructor Cole, Carpenter, received the Stihl Faculty Spirit Award which awarded $1,000 to his program. There are 56 OHP students heading to Columbus to compete in the Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference from April 26-28 for their performances at the regional level. Construction Program Evaluation Committee members were assigned to independently assess school construction needs and oversee the formal evaluation of services and assignment of the contractor in accordance with the law. Board President, Anne Reames, discussed succession planning for the Hi-Point treasurer’s office and Board Member, Paul McMahill, presented the legislative report.
In other topics at the meeting:
• The outstanding senior students of the month for March were Abbygail Dolan (Allied Health and Nursing student from Indian Lake High School) and Josiah Butanis (Culinary Arts student from Graham High School). The main campus staff member of the month for March is Automotive and Diesel Instructor, Bob Alig.
• The Board of Education hereby gives public notice in accordance with Section 3309.345 of the Ohio Revised Code that Lavena K. Hubble, who is currently employed by the Board of Education as Assistant Treasurer, will be retired and seeking re-employment with the District in the same position following her service retirement. The Board of Education will hold a public meeting on the issue of re-employing the above-named person at a meeting to be held on April 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Room 102A in the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center main building located at 2280 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, Ohio.
• More than 80 students from Ohio Hi-Point attended the Logan County Workforce Expo hosted at Indian Lake High School. Students had the opportunity to talk to employers, participate in mock interviews, and even interview for real jobs within the community. This event is part of the Logan County Collaborative efforts to build a better pathway for future employees and help the future of local students.
• Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education President, Anne Reames, received the Warren Stevens award at the 2017 OSBA Southwest Region Spring Conference. OSBA created the Warren Stevens Award “to honor an outstanding board member from a neighboring district.” Warren was OSBA’s Southwest Region President-Elect last fall. Warren was OHP’s board member from Urbana City Schools and passed away in a car accident while traveling to a board meeting in September 2016. Mr. Stevens was on OHP’s Board of Education for 12 years, served as legislative liaison and spent an uncountable number of hours serving education. Warren Stevens’ wife, Audrey and daughter, Shanee Marshal, were in attendance to present the award to Reames who is the first recipient of the Warren Stevens Award, nominated by Bill Ramsey. Paul McMahill received a ten-year service award at the conference.
• Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education will recognize and honor this year’s students and staff members of the month on April 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
• The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center on April 1, 2017 from 7 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria. There will be all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, milk, and contests with prizes. Guests include the Easter Bunny, The Bellefontaine Dazzlers, The Benjamin Logan Jazz Band, and The Elements of Harmony.
The next Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education meeting will be held April 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.