During the Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) Board of Education meeting, Treasurer Christopher Wright updated the board on an updated revision of the five-year-forecast that will be presented during the May meeting.

During the April meeting, Wright said the trends and the bottom line are basically the same as they were in the October forecast. The negotiations with the teachers union and real estate tax collections are finished, and there would only be small changes in the forecast. 

In other business, the board approved:

- The resignation of Adeline Jayne Brown, part-time phlebotomy instructor

- The hiring of Fares Abou-Zakhim, teacher; and Carl Pisciotta, custodian, as substitutes.

- Family Medical Leave for Byron Ellington.

- Administrative contracts for Veronica Baca-Bernel, associate principal; and Krista Haubert, community relations coordinator.

- Continuing contracts for Cynthia Marsala and Jacqueline Warrens.

- Support staff contracts for Karen Bailey, Savannah Greenwood and Valarie Randall.

- One-year limited contracts for the 2017-18 school year for teachers and the non-renewal of  10 adult education one-year limited contracts

- Field trips for participating students to the BPA National Conference/Competition field trip to Orlando, Fla., from May 9-14 and to Skills USA National Conference/Competition, Louisville, Ky., from June 19-23.

Student recognition

Principal for the school Mike Kaschak congratulated students who represented Portage Lakes Career Center at the recent state level CTSO competitions:

- Plant, Landscape and Turf Management - OHIO FFA Nursery & Landscape State Finals: Haile Ingram, Natalie Metzgar, Brooke Payne, Kennedy Sorm

Metzgar placed first in the state in Proper Planting and ninth individually. Ingram placed sixth individually. Overall the team placed sixth in the state.

- Marketing Program students competed at the DECA State Conference in Columbus and placed in the top 10: Kevin Kidd placed in the top 10 in Business Finance; and Brittany Olesky and Nicole Hoover placed in the top 10 in Buying and Merchandising Operations Research.

- Students who competed at the BPA state conference: Wyatt Strickland placed in the top ten in Computer/Network Security and Shawn Barbee received third place in System Administration using Microsoft. He will be heading to the 2017 National Leadership Conference.

- Students that received a medal at SkillsUSA state championships: Dennis Galbreath, Silver in Advertising Design; Cassandra Akins, Silver in Photography; Mikaylin Fry, Bronze in TV/Video; Mark Mastandrea, Bronze in TV/Video; Christopher DeMoss, Gold medal in Medical Terminology; and Nathaniel Caporini, Gold medal in Architecture Design

Both DeMoss and Caporini will be competing at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.

"A big Congratulations goes out to all of our students who participated in regional and state CTSO competitions. We are very proud of all of their efforts," said Kaschak.

Career Center students of the month:

- Dakota Bee, Welding – Manchester

- Albert Estipicar, Engineering Technology – Green

- Calvin Jarvis, Facility Operations and Maintenance – Springfield

- Kylee Wood, Automotive Technology – Coventry

Placement Student of the Month:

Marissa Blough, Culinary Arts – Green 

Placement: 35 Brix

Announcements:

- The PLCC Senior Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., May 24 at Queen of Heaven Social Hall.

- The annual Greenhouse sale is being held week days from May 8 to 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  with a weekend sale May 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- The 2017-18 adult education catalogue is available.

- The board entered Executive Session to consider the appointment, employment, or compensation of an employee or official of the school district.  No action was taken upon return from Executive Session.

- The next PLCC board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., May 18 at the school.