GREEN  Treasurer Chris Wright gave a an overview of the five-year forecast to board of education members at the May 18 Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) board meeting.  

”Overall, it appears that the ending cash balance will be in the neighborhood of 4 percent variance of what was predicted in October's forecast, so we are tracking right on,” Wright said. 

Wright said this particular forecast has the new collective bargaining agreement modeled in it, while the items not modeled in the forecast are the Early College High School and the energy program.

According to Wright, the district also received good news on health insurance premiums. An 8-percent increase was in the forecast, however, when the bill was received, the increase was 5.4 percent with two premium holidays. 

During the meeting, principal Mike Kaschak thanked Bridget Comes, plant landscape turf management teacher, for coordinating and holding the annual plant sale.  All unsold plant material from the sale will be donated to Let’s Grow Akron, Greenview Inn Assisted Living Community and The MAPS Museum for beautification purposes.

Kaschack also said HVAC students competed on April 29 at Stark State and Zach Hookway took first in the soft skills section, which included a job estimation and quote simulation as well as a written HVAC test. PLCC took second overall on total points for all five categories. Those competing were seniors, Derek Scholl and Hookway and juniors Nolan Dunphy, Brandon Trotter, Justin Brown, Zach Price and Devon Ballard.

In other business:

• A contract extension was approved by the board with Ohio School Plan not to exceed $29,008 for the districts combined insurance package. 

• The board accepted retirement resignations of teachers Debra Sawhill and Gale Woods.

• The board approved the administrative and exempt salary schedule and approved $500 stipends for Veronica Baca Bernel, Dale Dunlevy, Michael Kaschak,Cynthia Marsala and Maria Schlenk.

• Adopted textbooks for the school year, including were "Building Citizenship: Civics and Economics,” and "Welding, Welding Skills," 5th ed. American Technical Publishers, along with a course of study for Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing.

• Approved the purchase of carpet replacement and installation at a cost of $57,683.84 from Interfinish. 

• Approved an energy efficiency service agreement at a cost of $155,430 with Energy Optimizers USA.

• Accepted an equipment donation of fire turnout gear (estimated value $12,000) from Green Fire Department Chief Jeff Funai for use in the Fire Academy Program.

• The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., June 15 at the career center.