GREEN  The Portage Lakes Career Center's Dec. 21 meeting opened with a moment of silence as Board President Glenn Wieland said the school lost Steve Paulus, the electrical technology instructor, who died in a tragic accident.

Treasurer Chris Wright reported that the audit report has been completed and submitted to the state for review.

"It looks as though it will be released in January," he said.

Wright also thanked Board Member Wieland for his years of service.

Principal Mike Kaschak updated the board on recruitment for the 2018-19 school year. He said the home school visits have been completed and 32 applications have been received as of the meeting date. Tenth grade visits will take place on Feb. 5 and 6.

Kaschak thanked Bridget Comes and students in the Plant/Landscape/Turf Management Program for the poinsettias that decorated the meeting room. He also said the annual poinsettia sale was a huge success. Kaschak reported on the annual food drive, nearly 2,600 items were collected surpassing the goal of 2,017. He thanked the students and staff involved. All donations were given to the Green Good Neighbors program.

Superintendent Benjamin Moore introduced Doug Trimbach, Energy Optimizers vice president and director of lighting sales, who gave a presentation on a solar energy project. 

In other business, the board:

- Approved the retirement resignation of Robert Hill, Custodian, effective Jan.1.

- Approved employment contracts:  Adeline (Jayne) Brown, phlebotomy instructor, $28 per hour, 200 hours maximum, no benefits; Cathleen Haag, practical nursing part-time instructor, $28 per hour, 400 hours maximum, no benefits; Angela Shreffler, practical nursing part-time clinical instructor, $28 per hour, 500 hours maximum, no benefits; Elizabeth Swift, practical nursing part-time clinical instructor, $28 per hour, 500 hours maximum, no benefits.

- Approved Jarrod Murrey as a substitute custodian and added him to the 2017-18 substitute list and family medical leave for Michael McGlone from Jan. 30 to April 24.

- Approved the 2017-18 Adult Education Staff Handbook and Practical Nursing Student Handbook.

- Accepted donations of a portable tire rack for use in the Automotive Technology Program from Jeff Goodwin of Innovative Auto Care.

- Accepted donations for use in the Fire Academy Program. Items were nine Scott 2216 psi SCBA’s and 20 aluminum 2216 psi Aluminum Bottles from Assitant Chief Robert Lindner of the Wadsworth Fire Department.

Students of the month

Dylan Conner, Culinary – Green

Wes Jackson, Automotive Technology – LEAP/Manchester

Lily Johnson, Engineering – Springfield

Alexis Lowe, Visual Design & Imaging – Coventry

Placement Student of the Month

Hunter Bonk, Engineering – Green – Quality Mold, Inc.

Wieland thanked the board for allowing him to be president and that it is the team at the career center that truly makes everything happen.

"It is nice to see how well everyone at the career center works together," he said.

The next regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Portage Lakes Career Center