Van Wert FCCLA made a presentation about their Blankets of Valor program to the Vantage Board of Education Thursday night at Vantage. Above, Samantha Rohrbacher looks on a Lynda Ragan shows one of the blankets given to veteran taking an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Van Wert FCCLA made a presentation about their Blankets of Valor program to the Vantage Board of Education Thursday night at Vantage. Above, Samantha Rohrbacher looks on a Lynda Ragan shows one of the blankets given to veteran taking an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT — Installing a solar energy field at Vantage Career Center saved the district $49,000 in energy costs over the first 12 months of use. Vantage District Treasurer Lori Davis shared the news with Board of Education members at the August meeting held Thursday night. The 4,200-solar panel array is currently leased a company called Solar Planet and Vantage will buy the power generated over the next 25 years. The price per kilowatt hour is slightly less than the current rates being charged by electric providers, but the biggest cost savings is in the distribution charges for the electricity.

Superintendent Staci Kaufman reported that the solar array helped Vantage secure a gold LEED rating for the school expansion and expansion project. The school was required to receive at least a silver rating by the state in order to receive funds from the state to defray the cost of the expansion project. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating measures the effectiveness of green practices in the building design. Other elements in obtaining the gold rating include a rainwater harvesting system to reduce water use, a storm water detention system, and use of recycled materials.

Visiting the meeting were Samantha Rohrbacher and Lynda Ragan of Van Wert High School’s FCCLA program to speak about the Blankets of Valor program the group has been involved in for Honor Flights for veterans to go see the memorials in Washington D.C.

The school district is preparing for the start of classes with the first day for staff on Monday, August 18.



In other action, the board voted to:
• transfer Mary Ann Falk to technology integration specialist/curriculum coordinator,
• grant one-year contracts to Brenda Wurst as a building and grounds teacher aide and Nate Snyder as a Paulding Satellite ag instructor,
• grant supplemental contracts to Mike Miller, Nate Snyder, and Mary Ann Falk,
• employ Debbie Venderley, Karen McGilton, Vickie Bidlack, Cheryl Nichols, Brent Wright, Jennifer Rigdon, Benjamin Showalter, Donna Wheeler, and Deb Richardson as adult education instructors,
• recognize school nurse designees Reesa Rohrs and Leigh Carey,
• Appoint Lonnie Nedderman as 2014 Vantage Career Center Capital Conference delegate,
• accept a donation of shear steel valued at $810 from Crown Equipment of New Bremen,
• approve the amended job description for lead teacher, and for technology integration specialist/curriculum coordinator,
• approve the amended Paulding Satellite Agreement for the upcoming school year,
• approve the district’s list of certified and non-certified employees and revisions,
• approve the Western Buckeye ESC substitute list and revisions,
• approve the new and revised NEOLA policies which were presented at the July board meeting.