Brewer elected Career Center BOE president

Staff report

PIQUA — Officers were elected for the upcoming year during Tuesday night’s Upper Valley Career Center Board of Education meeting.

Maria Brewer, Covington Exempted Village Schools, was elected president. Bill Ankney, Sidney City Schools was elected vice president. Eric Ditmer, Midwest Regional ESC, will serve as legislative liaison.

During the organizational portion of the meeting, the board:

• Approved bond for the president of the board.

• Authorized the superintendent to employ Upper Valley Career Center personnel pursuant to appropriate salary schedule, to accept resignations, to suspend employees without pay when deemed appropriate by the Superintendent, and to approve stipends per the salary schedule.

• Authorized the superintendent to sign and file federal/state/local proposals/applications with operation contingent upon board approval.

• Authorized insurance for Board members.

• Approved a resolution to waive the reading of board minutes.

• Approved a resolution to authorize tax advance requests.

• Approved a resolution authorizing investment of funds.

• Approved a resolution for investment interest proration.

Superintendent Nancy Luce reminded board members of the open house welcoming Anthony Fraley as the new treasurer on Feb. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Wilson Atrium. Luce will also be honored for her recent awards.

Luce also told the board that two representatives of the Career Center will visit the Hanover, Germany, Industrial and Manufacturing Trade Show in April. They were invited by the Troy Chamber of Commerce to participate in the trip. The focus of the trip will be to gather information about the German apprenticeship model from German companies and other representatives with the possibility of piloting a similar model here.

In other business, the board:

• Approved revisions and additions to board policies dealing with school bus safety program and drug testing for district personnel required to hold a commercial driver’s license.

• Approved various donations.

• Approved out-of-state travel to the Carrier Engineering and Plant field study trip on April 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the HVACR program students. Scott Naill, Frank Harris and Tony Trapp will accompany the students. The trip is sponsored by Habegger Corp. All expenses will be covered by Carrier and Habegger.

• Approved Naill and Trapp to attend the HVACR Excellence Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 19-23. They will be presenters at the conference. Registration is covered by ESCO Institute. The cost of transportation, lodging, meals and parking will not exceed $2,700.

• Approved the 2015-16 advisory committee members.

• Approved Shellie Hembree, health occupations, and Maggie Pruitt, homemaking and consumer education, as certified substitutes.

• Hired Heather Foster as a classified foods worker at $12.12 per hour.

• Hired Shellie Hembree as an adult education LPN/STNA instructor at $25 per hour and Laura Ratermann as an adult ABLE instructor at $22 per hour.

• Approved the retirement resignations of Margaret Morelli, ABLE director, effective June 30, 2016; and Jeannette Weaver, ABLE link technician, effective Nov. 15, 2015.

• Approved the resignations of Stephen Cantrell, adult ABLE instructor, Paul Carpenter, interim treasurer, Cheryl Elsner, adult LPN/STNA instructor, and Jessica Sommer, family and consumer science Bradford satellite.

• Modified the salary of Lindsey Whetstone, ag education instructor for the Jackson Center satellite, from $45,858 to $48,800.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Adams Board Room in the main instructional building.

Staff report