Ben Schnipke, 2014 Vantage graduate, shows off the cabinet he built at the national competition, Skills USA, earlier this year in Kansas City, Missouri. Schnipke earned silver in the cabinetry competition. Looking on are Vantage Superintendent Staci Kaufman, Vantage Director Ben Winans, and board member Pat Baumle. Also at the meeting was Austen Stukey who went to national competition in carpentry. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Ben Schnipke, 2014 Vantage graduate, shows off the cabinet he built at the national competition, Skills USA, earlier this year in Kansas City, Missouri. Schnipke earned silver in the cabinetry competition. Looking on are Vantage Superintendent Staci Kaufman, Vantage Director Ben Winans, and board member Pat Baumle. Also at the meeting was Austen Stukey who went to national competition in carpentry. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — Two Vantage graduates were special guests of the Board of Education Thursday evening at its monthly meeting. 2014 graduates Austen Stukey and Ben Schnipke each won state and regional honors and went to the Skills USA national contest in Kansas City, Missouri. Schnipke was the first Vantage student to go to national competition in carpentry. He told the board about his experience, crafting the contest entry within eight hours at nationals. Stukey also shared his experience in Kansas City and during his Vantage career.

Also on hand was Vantage carpentry instructor Jerry Robinson. The national Skills USA competition featured the state winners from each of the 50 states in 99 different categories. Both students received approximately $700 worth of tools and gift certificates while at the competition.

The board reviewed the 2015 final appropriations and revenues with District Treasurer Lori Davis, who noted that the final figures had changed little from the temporary appropriations passed earlier this year. The board also passed the Treasurer’s Report and financial statements.

Supplemental contracts were approved for Penny Baucom, Rillman, Karl, Theresa Mengerink, Laura Stocksdale, Katie Drerup, Kelly Horstman, Ashley Cline, and Angie Shellabarger.



Hired as adult education instructors were Annette Klinger, Tanya Bunch, Lynn Schweitzer, Mary Jane Fast, Brent Wright, Jackie Brandt, Gary Cearns, Virginia Hammons, Craig Black, Pamela Weippert, Gary Dilworth, and Troy White.

Board members also:
• Approved the amended Van Wert Satellite Agreement for the current school year;

• Approved the list of bus and van drivers for Vantage for the school year;

• Passed a resolution stating the district’s intention to participate as a pilot district in the Munis Program in calendar year 2015 or 2016;

• Resolved to approve the CRA Tax Abatement from Tin Cap Investments for a 10-year, 100 percent abatement to renovate at 109 S. Washington St. at a cost of $50,000 to create two upstairs luxury apartment rentals and one downstairs commercial space;

• Approve the list of Ohio Teacher Evaluation System-certified evaluators including Dave Froelich, Bill Clifton, and Todd Harmon as satellite administrators;

• Passed a resolution to add additional structural support to the original roof joists in the C hallway at an estimated cost of $41,985 with work to be done by Heyne Construction of Minster, Ohio.