To open the meeting, Kenton High School Technology Instructor and Robotics team coach presented to the board with students Brian Collins and Kelsey Flowers. The robotics team combines programming and engineering skills to compete amongst schools in an international contest.
Dr. Rick Smith – Superintendent, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
In the public participation section of the meeting, Dr. Rick Smith of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center spoke to the board. The Career Center is currently partnering with the school to offer students learning opportunities at their satellite location in Kenton in former Northwood location. The Career Center offers courses and certifications in Information Technology, Allied Health and Nursing, and Advanced Manufacturing.
Dr. Smith continued by informing the board that the school’s name will appear on the May 8th ballot in the form of a levy. The .6 mil permanent levy is the first time that the district has asked the taxpayers to vote on a levy since 1977. The funds are to be strictly used to renovate existing spaces and provide additional programs as well as continue to fund and develop satellite courses and equipment. The math equates to around $22 per year for each $100,000 of home market value.
The superintendent also noted that the Career Center will be bringing back a HVAC course for the upcoming year, but hopes to implement 21st century education opportunities for 21st century jobs with regards to Cyber Security, programming, and robotics.
In Superintendent communications, Jennifer Penczarski noted that Alumni Hall of Fame Applications are still available online and are due by the office’s closing today. Penczarski also said by a vote of 64.9%, Calendar “B” was recommended to the board by the staff for the upcoming school year. Notably the calendar allows students out of school for the week of the Hardin County Fair. That calendar was later approved by the board.
Board member Mark Watkins spoke on behalf of the Finance Committee to announce that the district is working on adding another Mental Health Professional to the district. Currently there are two that serve the district. Superintendent Penczarski noted that end goal is to offer services for students on the Kenton Campuses to better meet their needs
Board member Samuel Albert gave the Extracurricular Committee’s report. He noted that the new Athletic Building Expansion project currently is 6 weeks behind their projected schedule, but is still making progress.
Former board member Russ Blue continues to serve on the Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education. He gave the report of the Career Center Committee, and echoed several of the words mentioned by Dr. Rick Smith previously. Blue also noted that several Kenton students made the Superintendent's List. Also the Allied Health and Nursing students traveled to a Health Occupation Students of America contest and will be advancing to the state contest in April. Blue also noted the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter finished a busy few months that started the year, and are beginning to gear up for more contest and activities coming up soon.
Board member Doug Carmean spoke about the Policy Committee meeting. In his report, he detailed a drug testing meeting that was held with members of the community. He said that his committee will work to develop a drug testing policy and program for the board to approve either in March or April.
In personnel items and new business:
Trevor Beazley’s resignation as High School Assistant Baseball coach
A two hour afternoon bus driver position was approved.
Employee Supplemental contracts were approved for Ryan Miller as High School Assistant Track coach and Zach Turner as Spring Weight Trainer.
In non-employee supplemental contracts, Josh Wormley was approved as a High School Assistant Baseball coach.
Kaitlin Sherman, Demi Snider, and Tyson Porter were approved as substitute teachers.
Trevor Beazley, Jay Bostelman, Jennifer Brunk, Alana Butler, James Collins, Ricki Coulson, Elizabeth Howe, Greg Jolliff, Eric Oldham, Randall Payne, Kelli Reese, Ed Rogers, Ashley Taylor were approved as volunteers.
In transfers, the board approved Rick Collins transfering from from KES Physical Education teacher to KMS Physical Education.
Under authorizations and resolutions:
The board approved the KES Preschool handbook for upcoming school year.
The Kenton High School Music Department Florida trip was approved for March 1-7, 2019.
The resolution accepting the amount and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor was approved
The board will meet again on March 19th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.