The Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) Board of Education held its organizational meeting on Jan. 14.

The Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) Board of Education held its organizational meeting on Jan. 14.

During this time the board elected a president and vice president. Manchester Schools representative Jack Daniels was elected as president and Springfield Schools representative Glenn Wieland was elected vice president.

The Board also set the dates and times for the 2016 meetings. All meetings will be at 6 p.m. in the lecture room at the PLCC. Meeting dates are Feb. 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

The regular January meeting immediately followed the organizational meeting.

During the regular meeting, Treasurer Chris Wright said they were awarded the auditor of the state award for their 2015 financial statements.

Superintendent Ben Moore showed board members samples of postcards that will go out to students in the four districts PLCC serves – Coventry, Green, Manchester and Springfield. He said that the theme was PLCC is not the vocational school your parents may remember.

Moore also showed the renderings for a burn building that will be constructed for the Fire Academy.  He said they are not the final renderings as they are adding some more "bells and whistles" which are a result of a collaboration with the local fire departments, the University of Akron and the Fire Academy instructor John Kastor.

Moore said the burn building itself will be a part of a larger complex being constructed. It will include a storage facility for the fire trucks and equipment.

Students in the building trades program will  construct the staging area for the fire fighters and trainees who are using the structure. Moore hopes to give a final update on the project at the Feb. 18 meeting and said the project should be completed this spring.

In other business Jan. 14, the Board:

- Accepted equipment donations from the Lakemore Fire Department. The donation included 25 sets turnout gear, 12 SCBA harnesses (no bottles) with masks, 25 pair rubber turnout boots and 15 helmets.

- Heard from Principal Mike Kaschak who updated the board on placement and recruitment news.

- Heard an update from Kaschak on the competition season for automotive technology. The students tested well enough to place them in the top five schools.  Dustin Freeman and Cameron Welch, PLCC's two students with the highest scores, will move on to the hands-on

competition at the auto show on Feb. 28. They will compete for scholarship money, tools and cash for their program. Charles Smith and Tyler Utley were also congratulated for helping to place PLCC achieve top-five honors.

- Heard that automotive Technology is selling a 2016 Car Calendar

for $10 in an effort to raise funds for the program. The proceeds will go toward the purchase of class sweatshirts, class social activities and additional competition expenses. The cars on the calendar are owned by students and staff members.

The next regular meeting of the Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 18. At 5 p.m. that same day, the board will have a work session.