The partnership between Darke County’s economic development arm and the District’s Tech Center achieved its first milestone with the graduation of the Medical Tech Prep’s first group of STNA’s (State Tested Nursing Assistants). It was the first time the District had provided education specifically to meet the needs of a particular industry in Darke County.
GCSD Supt. Doug Fries, Career Tech Director David Peltz, School Board President Sue Bowman and GCSD Treasurer Carla Surber were pleased at the recognition, noting the goal is to help the needs in the district and to assist where there are jobs needing trained workers.
Two ongoing projects in the Tech Center are a welding program and a countywide program for the Darke County Job Center, Taking Charge of Your Life.
Peltz added they were looking at expanding into a couple other courses. The STNA course was successful, so more are planned in the near future.
“We’re trying to build a skilled workforce,” said Surber. “This is a very, very, very essential program in what’s going on in Darke County right now.”
In a work session prior to the regular meeting Bruce Miller of Garmann Miller Architects Engineers, the company overseeing the construction of the K-8 facility on North Ohio and the renovation of the high school, was bringing the board up-to-date on plans for the high school portion of the project. The part of the plan under discussion had to do with security for all entrances and handicap access in the main reception area.
Timeline for completion of the high school renovation was the beginning of the 2015 school year.
According to Miller work will be done during two full summers (2014 and 2015) with limited work during the 2014-15 school year; five rooms at a time throughout the year.
“Worst case,” he said after the meeting, “we might need the 2015 winter to finish it.”
In other school board business, the board approved a resolution for a renewal operating tax levy.
“This is our renewal time for this levy,” Fries said. “It’s been in place since 1989 and does not involve a tax increase for anyone.” The five-year levy was last passed on Nov. 4, 2008.
The levy will be submitted to the voters on May 6, 2014 and if approved, will take effect in 2015.
The superintendent’s district highlights included congratulations to 35 GHS students recently inducted into the National Honor Society, eight athletes earning GWOC First Team honors and the Boys Cross Country team for being a regional qualifier.
Several commendations included four students being selected for the OMEA District 11 Honor’s Band, two students for being selected to the 2013 District 11 Honor’s Choir, the GHS Medical Technology Prep students and instructor Emily Powers, and Supply Chain Management students and instructor Dara Buchy, for being nominated to participate in the 2013 OSBA Student Achievement Fair and to Tracy Haines for being named the GWOC Girls Golf North Division Coach of the Year.
|Bruce Miller of Garmann Miller Architects Engineers discusses plans and timeline on the high school renovation with the School Board.|