Ohio Hi-Point Board Discusses Driver’s Education Program, Sophomore Experience Days


The Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education met in regular session Wednesday evening.

The October Main Campus Students of the Month were announced. They are Allison Harlan and Carly Goodman, both Graphic Media Arts students, from Triad High School.

TJ Bales, Academic and Student Services Supervisor, spoke to the board about the new driver’s education program that was launched this year.

Ohio Hi-Point has partnered with Schwartz Driving School and Master & Sylvania Driving School. Currently, 25 students are in the course and four of those students are scheduled to start driving in November. There are students scheduled that will complete the program next semester.

This opportunity allows students to gain the necessary driving knowledge. This driver’s education program is offered free to all students upon successful completion so it’s not a financial burden to families.

This program helps fill the workforce gap of students not having a driver’s license.

Kelsey Webb, PR and Marketing Coordinator, explains the new driver’s education program and its benefits for students:

On November 17th, 20th, and 21st, Ohio Hi-Point will be hosting the Sophomore Experience Days.

All sophomores from OHP’s partnering schools that may be interested in applying next year will be bussed to Ohio Hi-Point over the three days to explore two programs of their choice. As Ohio Hi-Point is almost at the maximum capacity for the current student population, the current students will go out and do work-based learning experiences, job shadowing, college visits, or volunteer/community service work.

Webb explains the Sophomore Experience Days:

The 96th National FFA Convention & Expo will be held November 1-4 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The following students, or most recent graduates, from Ohio Hi-Point are earning their American FFA Degree at the National Convention and will be honored.

Kenton Ohio Hi-Point

  • Chloe Anderson
  • Devan Dulin
Triad Ohio Hi-Point
  • Jesse Bailey
  • Evan Culp
  • Gage Phillips
Indian Lake Ohio Hi-Point
  • Allix Cotterman
  • Kayla Cummins
  • Jacob King
  • Ethan Knief

Graham Ohio Hi-Point

  • Maria McIntosh

As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and State FFA Association.

To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program, and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program.

Community service, leadership abilities, and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required.

The board went on to approve several items:

  • Resignation of Kaitlyn Karam, English Instructor, effective October 2, 2023

Internship agreements with the following:

  • Hooten Automotive, Springfield
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs, Marysville
  • The Ridge Golf & Gardens, Marysville
  • Wayne Homes, Sunbury

Employment of the Certified Substitutes for the 2023/2024 school year pending receipt of BCI/FBI official documentation, transcripts, and licensure:

  • Marie Van Gorden, Substitute School Nurse, effective September 29, 2023
  • Ethan Allen, Substitute for Academics and Career Tech, effective October 26, 2023

The following donations:

  • $100 to be used for the Criminal Justice program golf outing from Orale Tacos y Mas, LLC of Urbana
  • $40 to be used for the Graham FCCLA fundraiser in lieu of cookie purchase from Jill Jackson of St. Paris
  • $100 to be used for the Criminal Justice program golf scramble from Indian Lake Outfitters of Russells Point
  • $100 and free 24-hour trailer rental for the Criminal Justice program golf scramble from M&S Trailer Rentals, LLC of Bellefontaine

The meeting then went into executive session.

The next regular Board of Education meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.