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Hi-Point JVS awards two construction bids (Audio included)

The Ohio Hi-Point JVS board of education met for the final time in 2013 Wednesday night. A crowded agenda was highlighted by the board accepting the winning bids of two construction projects.

Muhlenkamp Building Corporation out of Coldwater bid $37, 394 to renovate the multi-media marketing lab. Heyne Construction from Minster will get $369,600 for updating the auto and welding technology lab.

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Price explained that the money from the projects will come from the general fund. By contract, the projects will begin in January and be completed by the end of June.

Hi-Point’s expanded relationship with Clark State completed its first semester. Early indicators show that the relationship has benefited both parties. Students enrolling for vocational reasons have remained steady. Price noted, however, that there has been an increase in students taking classes in pursuit of academic degrees.

Tom Brookhart from Waynesfield-Goshen and Doug Lassiter from Marysville completed their board member duties Wednesday night. As many as nine new faces could be part of the seventeen-member board beginning in January.

The challenge for Dr. Price and the member districts is having a board that meets the membership requirements outlined in recently passed House Bill 59. Under the law, to serve on a JVS board, a candidate must own a business or be a CEO or CFO or have an understanding of the employment opportunities in the district. The law wants vocational boards to have a balance of business people with those that have experience with school operations.

Price is taking a wait-and-see approach. The districts are responsible for finding qualifying candidates. He doesn’t expect the districts having any difficulty in doing so.

Health Technology II student Kiersten Daum of Bellefontaine and Dixon Shapiro, an Electronics Technology II student from Marysville, were recognized as the December students of the month.

Bill Ramsey of Benjamin Logan was elected as President Pro-Tem for the January meeting.

The board will next meet on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Price discusses several topics.

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