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Senator Faber and Representative Sprague talk education, jobs at Ohio Hi-Point board meeting

Ohio Hi-Point’s Board of Education had a special visit from Ohio Senator Keith Faber and Representative Robert Sprague during a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening at the Sloan Inn.

(Pictured, left to right: Representative Sprague and Senator Faber address the Ohio Hi-Point Board.)

Senator Faber, who is on the November 6th ballot, spoke to the board about the topic that has been on the forefront of Ohio and national government: jobs and job creation. Faber directly tied career-technical education and Ohio Hi-Point into the future outlook for employment within the communities.

Faber spoke about strong partnerships between business, industry and career-technical education as a “value added opportunity to provide our constituents the pathways for success,” focusing on business leaders providing an industry forecast for career-technical education to deliver the training and skills to students to be prepared for awaiting careers.

Before Faber concluded he spoke about his revolving loan program to help education and the continued prominence technology has within classroom walls.

“A successful school system helps to build the community stronger,” remarked Faber, “I encourage community members to support their schools and to look at the policies and send us suggestions and comments on the recent education policies.”

Representative Sprague, who has a background in finance and business, focused his comments on the financial aspect of the educational budget and will speak more to Ohio Hi-Point’s 14 partner superintendents during the bi-annual Superintendent’s meeting on October 30 at Ohio Hi-Point.

More information on Senator Faber, Representative Sprague and the Ohio legislation can be found at www.ohiosenate.gov and www.house.state.oh.us, respectively.

During the board meeting, the high school seniors of the month Kiana Price, a Culinary Arts student from Waynesfield-Goshen High School, and Colton Lowe, an Electronics Engineering student from Bellefontaine High School, were recognized.

Shelly Swaney, High School Director, reported to the board that the installation of the new welding program has sparked a tremendous amount of interest from potential students. The welding program came about after working with business and industry, which brought to light a need for welders in Ohio.

The high school is also preparing for the upcoming Sophomore Career Days scheduled for November 9 and 10 as well as the 5th Annual Taste of the Future set for November 15 in the evening at Ohio Hi-Point.

OHP’s Satellite Director, Debbie Wortman, reported to the board on recent student activity, which included FFA Satellite students attending the National Convention in Indianapolis this week, and spoke heavily on the continued partnerships with businesses to build on the Satellite programs such as Aviation, Media Arts and Construction Technology.

Adult Education has steadily moved forward with a renewed focus on Customized Training, gaining new partnerships across the OHP service area. In addition, nursing programs are scheduled for November and will again be available in February and March. To enroll visit www.ohiohipoint.com/enroll.

In other board action

·       Heard the legislative report from board member Warren Stevens (Urbana)

·       Approved the report of the treasurer including interests and investments; appropriation modifications, transfers and advances; September’s financial statement; and the 5-year forecast that was presented during the Board of Education Work Session on October 17.

·       Approved tuition reimbursements for staff members for undergraduate and graduate hours

·       Approved employment for the following Adult Education staff: Mark Curtner (Sidney) as Career Development Instructor; Craig Hart (Wapakoneta) as Financial Aid Coordinator; and Kristine Edwards (Anna) as Student Services and Financial Aid Coordinator

·       Approved employment for Cynthia Corwin (West Mansfield) as a Substitute Bus Driver and Phyllis Lyons (Bellefontaine) as a Substitute School Nurse

·       Approved reduction of Marysville Construction Satellite instructor’s contact to ¾ time due to low enrollment

·       Approved the attendance of Elizabeth Winer (Science Instructor) at the National Conference on Science Education in Texas

·       Approved the job description for the Substitute School Nurse

The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 7 p.m. in the Sloan Inn.

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