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Clark State partnership enters its second phase

The joint venture between Ohio Hi-Point Career Center and Clark State Community College has entered its second phase.



School board members Wednesday at a regular meeting approved the next step in the two-year plan, which rolls Hi-Point adult education programs over to Clark State.

“The transition will be a huge benefit to our students,” Superintendent Jeff Price said. “Students will earn college credit while paying a lower tuition rate.

“In addition, classes will be held on Hi-Point’s campus, making classes more convenient for our local students.”

The Clark State Community College-Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Workforce Development Collaborative was formally announced in May. Clark State has been renting a portion of Hi-Point’s classroom space and technology labs since August.

With the transition, five courses will no longer be offered through Hi-Point, and 10 adult education staff members’ contracts will not be renewed.

Discontinued Hi-Point-offered courses include the health information technology, practical nursing, renewable energy, supply chain management and HVAC programs.

Non-renewed staff members are: Faith Bourne, Natalie Bracy, Holly Burch, Janice Didich, Jeffrey Dysert, Patricia Floro, Hazel Homes, Lori Ludwig, Jeremiah Martin and Paula Strebig.

Hi-Point’s Adult Education division and Clark State continue to work together through course and personnel changes. Popular programs such practical nursing and HVAC courses are likely to resume under the Clark State umbrella.

Also approved by the school board were administrative contracts for Jeff Price, superintendent ($104,000); Kelsey Giesler, communications coordinator ($44,499); Jonathan Henry, career-technical education supervisor ($77,207); Caleb Lang, academic supervisor ($77,207); Amy Main, adult education supervisor ($63,329); Joel Staudter, district improvement director ($95,277); Michelle Swaney, high school director ($95,277); and Robert Walker, facilities and grounds supervisor ($83,923).

The board also approved a one-year extension for Mr. Price, which means his current contract now runs through July 31, 2015.

Mrs. Swaney reported to the board that in order to conform to state education standards, the high school plans to add a math instructor to help students fulfill the new requirement of four math credits, instead of three. All students must now pass algebra II, Mrs. Swaney said.

She also updated the board on some proposed changes to the culinary arts program, which would divide the popular course between more advanced students who aspire to be chefs, and students who aspire to be servers or cooks at smaller restaurants.

Satellite programs director Debbie Wortman announced that the architectural and mechanical design programs will be transferred from the main campus to Marysville High School. The program will be structured as a pre-engineering program for freshmen through seniors.

Riverside High School business and agriculture programs are also being acquired by Ohio Hi-Point for the 2013-14 school year.

In other action, board members authorized or approved:

• the treasurer to seek competitive bids for the repaving of the bus parking lot;

• a $1,228.50 payment from Logan County Solid Waste Management District for the 2012 recycling center and authorize the treasurer to deposit the funds into the board scholarship fund;

• the resignation of Lynda Arehart, high school guidance counselor, effective June 30, for the purpose of retirement; and Kent Amey, adult education heating, ventilation and air conditioning coordinator for the purpose of other employment; and

• professional development requests for Michelle Weadock, Riverside satellite media arts instructor, and Donna Jarzab and Donna Atkinson, Graham satellite family and consumer science instructors, to attend a BPA competition in Florida; and Sharon Maurice, Urbana satellite supply chain management instructor, to chaperone a student competing at the National DECA Conference in California.


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