Board hears of student’s trip to Costa Rica

Cornerstone Restaurant to open for lunch

Staff report

PIQUA — The Upper Valley Career Center’s Board of Education met Sept. 26.

Superintendent’s report

Superintendent Dr. Nancy Luce introduced Jessica Helsinger, Ag Satellite instructor at Covington. Helsinger provided a video overview of her trip to Costa Rica with her student, Zach Hastings. Hastings, now a student at the University of Kentucky, earned the opportunity to participate in this International FFA experience due to his success at the National FFA competition last year. Sixty students across the U.S. were selected to participate and expand their knowledge of agricultural practices and other countries.

Luce shared a list of upcoming events and meetings:

• Cornerstone Restaurant opening for lunch on Oct. 12

• All Advisory meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 20

• Facilities Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24

• Board welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24

• Fab Lab open house from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23

• Board members planning to attend the OACTS board and administrator breakfast meeting at the Capital Conference on Nov. 15 are: President Maria Brewer, vice president Bill Ankney, Andy Hite, Bob Luby, Randy Sailor and Doug Trostle.

• Two the the school’s pre-engineering students are serving as National SkillsUSA officers. As part of their responsibilities, travel to leadership training and other events is required. SkillsUSA will cover the costs but board approval of participation will still be requested.

• Two minor revisions to the salary schedules are being requested. A change in benefit eligibility for individuals hired for Class IV Adult Secretarial positions and calculation of stipends on an hourly rather than half day basis.
• Policy EDE — Computer Online Services is being revised to reflect the change from staff signing paper copies of the Acceptable Use Policy to submitting signatures electronically.
• Luce reviewed the recently released 2015 CTE Report Card. She explained new categories to be graded, how grades are calculated and barriers to meeting the benchmarks established. Graduation rate and post-program placement continue to be areas of strength.


The board approved the fiscal reports and open vouchers for August 2016.

The board approved the FY17 permanent appropriations and certificate of estimated resources.

The board approved the transfer of $337,550 from the General Fund to the fund for the OSFC building transfer.

The board approved the movement of Upper Valley Career Center’s student activity accounts from US Bank to Mainsource Bank.

Administrative consent

Donations approved by the board include two cottonwood tree slices by Matt Knouff to be used by the Environmental Occupations Program; $75 donated by Heather Hollenbacher for the SkillsUSA Building and Grounds Program; 75 A&I tractor service manuals by the Estate of Edward C. Seger Sr., to be used by the Ag. and Power Technologies Program; three audio books by Lynn Glenn, for the Learning Resource Center; and a box of safety glasses by Industrial Springs.

Retirements announced at the meeting include:

• Vanessa Kinninger, treasurer’s office payroll clerk, as of Jan. 31

• Judy Miller, classified substitute, Sept. 1

• Jeff Weeks, Career Tech instructor, Ag. and Power Technologies, as of May 31.

The board approved the following resignations:

• Rose Hemm, ABLELink technician, as of Sept. 23.

• Nicholas McGovern, student helper, as of Sept. 30.

The next meeting of the board will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

Cornerstone Restaurant to open for lunch

Staff report