Ohio Hi-Point to begin enrolling sophomores

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Ohio Hi-Point Career Center intends to begin enrolling sophomores in time for the 2015-2016 school year, administrators announced Wednesday during a work session of the board of education.

Enrollment projections are expected to increase from 686 students this year; to 753 in 2014-2015; to 843 in 2015-2016, and that estimate includes a sophomore class, board members learned.

That increase in students could mean up to three new core academic teachers could be hired by fall 2015.

Additionally, Hi-Point intends to employ a full-time special education instructor beginning next year. It currently operates with a part-time special ed instructor.

Hi-Point continues to expand its satellite programs, including an initiative to implement a family and consumer science program at Riverside High School.

 Additionally, new instructors are to be employed for satellite programs in Marysville and Ridgemont.

That growth has prompted the board to plan on hiring two new supervisors for the satellite educational department. Those positions will be for the purpose of assisting current director of satellite programs, Deb Wortman, administrators said.

Hi-Point currently employs about 103 regular, full-time employees. That’s about 30 fewer than four years ago.

Part of the reason for the decline is the result of Clark State Community College assuming control of most of Hi-Point’s adult education programs, including nursing and HVAC.

The district is also partnering with Marysville Schools for a science and technology grant initiative, and is exploring a similar opportunity with Kenton.

Regarding the district’s financial picture, Treasurer Eric Adelsberger reports that revenues outpace expenses. Revenue amassed $12 million this year, he said.

One reason were property taxes, which have increased about 4.5 percent this year, the treasurer said, and have totaled about $238,000 for the year.

The school board stages these work sessions twice each year, in May and October.

The next regular meeting is Wednesday, following the school’s convocation ceremonies, which get under way at 6:30 p.m.