LISBON — A recent survey by the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents showed that there is a need for career technology expansion, but also a need for funding for expansion projects.
That’s what Willard Adkins, superintendent of the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, reported Tuesday night to the Vocational Schools District Board, noting there was a 90% response rate, 78.3% of respondents indicating they were considering expanding technology career options. He was one of those sponsors.
Estimated costs for some of the projects ranged from $1 million to $20 million and Adkins said the CCCTC has its own project that could cost anywhere from $6 million to $10 million that he would like to consider, but financial assistance would be necessary.
He said OACTS is working hand in hand with state officials and the results of the investigation will be shared with them.
“We are very fortunate that state leaders see the value in career technology,” said Adkins.
CCCTC students will get an extra day off for the Thanksgiving holiday after the board agreed to change the school schedule from an instructional day for students on Nov. 29 to a staff professional development day.
Deputy Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said teachers will work with an instructional coach, with ways to engage students on any of the topics.
Director of Adult Education Kelly Darney said the nursing program recently received state approval for another five years, which she says makes her really happy. The program has just recruited 20 additional students for the LPN to RN path, which makes 42 students for the class as of April. She plans to enroll another 20 before the course begins and noted that applications are still being accepted.
The board accepted the resignation of Nina DeLillo, Adult Education Nursing Coordinator, effective Jan. 2, hiring her as an Adult Education Instructor effective Jan. 1 at a rate of $32 l hour not exceeding 1,200 hours. Laurence McLaughlin was also hired as an adult education trainer at $27 an hour not to exceed 950 hours.
Adkins said DeLillo had served the district well as a nursing coordinator for 12 years and wanted to return part-time to teach.
The council has also hired Isaac Reynolds as a caretaker on a one-year deal from December 1. Goaltender William (Chuck) Huddleston retired last month, effective December 1. In other matters, the Board approved revisions and additions to policies.
In terms of money, the board approved the invoices and the October financial statement and the five-year forecast, which must be done twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Treasurer Kathy Scanlon said, “There were no surprises when I made the forecast. I don’t see any problems in the next five years.
The five years, from 2023 to 2027, show healthy balances in the black at over $3.7 million each year.
The meeting began with an overview from the CCCTC Public Relations Coordinators, Bill Oesch and Elizabeth Wright. Wright, who teaches English, oversees written content and communications, handles press releases to the media about news and events happening at the school, including student of the month, staff spotlights and students, job fairs and visits from politicians.
Oesch, which teaches interactive multimedia, manages the district website, photography, video content, internal school communications, prints posters and certificates, eighth grade visitation booklets, brochures and communications member schools.
“A lot of what I do is good for showing students,” Oesch said, likening the classroom to a work environment where students can learn by helping with communications-related tasks.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will take place on December 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Office of the CCCTC, National Road 45, Lisbon.