Vantage Treasurer Lori Davis updates board members on savings from the solar energy array at the facility. (Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)
Vantage Treasurer Lori Davis updates board members on savings from the solar energy array at the facility. (Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)
BY LINDSAY MCCOY

Times Bulletin News Writer

lmccoy@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT - Vantage Career Center held a short Board of Education meeting Thursday where they said goodbye to at least two board members who will not be returning in 2014. The board also held their annual holiday dinner in appreciation of the work put into the district by Vantage board members each year.

Treasurer Lori Davis began the meeting with a summary of the districts finances including an appropriation increase of $40,000 for the maintenance fund. Board members also approved an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General's Office for debt collection. Debt collection can be completed for the adult education department at no cost to the district.
"Collections will all be money we didn't have before," noted Davis. Davis also touched upon additional savings provided to the district via its solar array. A report showed that the array saves the district an average of $5,085 monthly and is expected to save $65,000 a year.

Davis said she believes the solar array was a good investment to make, although Superintendent Staci Kaufman noted that the amount of savings will fluxuate due to the amount of solar energy needed. Currently, the array is producing 68-72 percent of the facility's energy.

Davis has already begun looking into the price and value of energy that is over-generated by the district's array. The array has been marked a success to date and will continued to be watched closely over the first 12-month period of energy generation.

Kaufman reviewed the long list of policy changes and revisions of the board policies and the effects they will have on the district. For example, an anti-harassment policy change states that a district must now have two staff members - one male, one female - in the school to hear harassment claims from students. Sexual identity and transgender topics will also be included in school policy.

Vantage will be including student growth within teacher evaluation by administration and management. A revision has changed the proficient rating for school grade cards to skilled. The district will also participate in a district-wide wellness program to oversee the wellness of the building. A report will be presented to the superintendent annually.

A first reading of the policy changes was approved by the board.

Contracts were approved for Jo Mohr as fruit sale coordinator and Edward Klausing as adult education instructor assistant.