Teaching and Learning Department Coming to OHP


By: Alli Harlan

The Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education met in a regular meeting Wednesday night.

The meeting started with a community service presentation from Graham FCCLA students Ireland Dulen, Rebecca Johnson, and Malachi Teets, advised by Donna Jarzab.

Community service is a huge part of their chapter and they talked about the following activities that they have participated in:

  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Hearts To Homeless
  • Senior Citizens Breakfast
  • Hygiene Drive
  • Caring Kitchen
  • Traffic Safety
  • Angel Tree
  • Clothing Drive

They impacted the board by making them feel that giving back to the community is a top priority for their chapter.

Next, a construction student at OHP, along with Intervention Specialist, Meghan Mast, highlighted their recent impact on the community.

They went to the Give & Take Food Pantry in West Mansfield to stock shelves and help on many projects.

Students who went to this outreach gained knowledge of how much the community comes together to get needs met.

Wrapping it up in community service presentations, Allison Koch, OHP Career Tech Supervisor, and, Principal, Tonya Ramey, touched on other community service projects in the district.

Ohio Hi-Point students in the Save Our Students group recently established a food pantry called “Peak Pantry At The Sloan.”

The committee’s goal is to give food and other needs to those in need right at OHP.

Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator at OHP, Kelsey Webb, talks about how impactful community service is to OHP:

Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith gave a district update that included the recent eclipse event that got canceled.

He mentioned that all ticket sales were refunded and the decision was made to ensure the safety of students and teachers.

On the day of the eclipse, the School Resource Officer, Mr. Niederkohr, and the administrative team will be on campus to ensure the safety of the campus.

Dr. Smith then mentioned that BGSU and Logan County Authorities toured the campus.

He went on to say that the administration building is moving along at a great pace, and wiring and cables have been run in the building.

Don Jaunzemis, Business Operations Coordinator, will be retiring. This position will be posted soon.

The district update finished by congratulating the February Main Campus Students of the Month:

  • Kaitlyn Gregg, studying Exercise Science, at Triad High School
  • Jalon Manns, studying Education Academy, at Kenton High School

The Career Tech Update was given by Assistant Superintendent, Brad Richardson.

He had a presentation that included the new Creation of the OHP Department of Teaching and Learning.

This is to enhance the professional growth of the OHP teachers, improving teaching practices, and student outcomes.

Benefits to the staff of having this department include the following:

  • Increased Confidence
  • Professional Growth
  • Improved Student Learning
  • Mentorship and Non-Evaluation Support
  • Knowledge of High-Impact Instructionsla Practices
  • Professional Development and Collaboration
  • Teacher Retention
  • Expanded New Teacher Support Program

They plan to hire a Director of Teaching and Learning by next year, and then two more Instructional Coaches by 2027.

Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, Kelsey Webb, talks about the new department:

Paul McMahill gave the Legislative Report and Student Achievement Update.

The board then announced that they hired an IT Teacher at Indian Lake.

In topics of discussion, the board assigned members to attend the OSBA Southwest Region Spring Conference on March 7th.

The Minutes of the January meeting were approved.

The meeting then went into executive session to conference with the District’s attorney concerning pending or imminent court action.

After the executive session, the board approved the following:

  • January 2024 Financial Statement
  • Interest and Investments
  • Appropriation Modifications, Transfers, and Advances
  • Appropriation Increases/Decreases
  • Designation of Depository
  • Memorandum for Logan County Schools Employee Consortium
  • Internship Agreements
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Salary Schedule Movement
  • Employment, Certified Substitutes
  • Donations
  • Courses of Study
  • Stipend Approval
  • Out-of-State Study Trip

These are the current openings for satellite programs:

  • Athletic Trainer at Ridgement
  • Agriculture Instructor at Graham & Kenton
  • Business Instructor at Kenton
  • Media & Arts Instructor at Marysville
  • At OHP, the following positions are available:
  • Fire/EMT (new program)
  • English Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher

If you would like to apply or see more information on OHP, click HERE.

The next board of education meeting will be held on March 20, 2024, at 7 p.m. at OHP, 2280 State Route 540 in Bellefontaine, in Meeting Room III.