GREEN  During the Portage Lakes Career Center’s Board of Education meeting on Dec. 20, Principal Mike Kaschak reported that the school will be partnering with PCS to provide access to mental health support services for students and their families.

Kaschach said the partnership will provide the opportunity for counseling and case management services at PLCC to address concerns and needs involving trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, relationship issues, family conflict, anger management, poor self-esteem and grief. A therapist has been assigned to the campus and will be introduced to the staff at the start of January.

In other buisness, the board:

- Approved employment contracts for Amy Browning, adult education secretary, and Gary Bradford as adult education industrial maintenance technician instructor. Browning will work eight hours per day, 216 days, with benefits through June 30 at a rate of $18.05 an hour. Bradford will be paid $28 an hour with a maximum of 225 hours with no benefits through June 30. A supplemental contract for Kathryn Maj, CPR coordinator, at $742.36 was approved.

- A purchased services contract with Northeast Ohio Network for Educational Technology, effective until June 30, was approved

- Approved the 2019-20 school calendar and the adoption of textbooks for culinary arts classes.

- Kaschak announced that recruitment for the fall classes and home visit have ben complete and applications are coming in. Tenth grade visits will take place Feb. 4 and 5.

- Fleece tie blankets were made by students and donated to Akron Children’s Hospital to be used in comforting children admitted for treatment. Kaschak said they are very proud of their efforts and generosity since the students donated all the fleece material needed to complete the project.

- Kaschak thanked instructor Bridget Comes and the students in the Enviroscapes Technology Program as the annual poinsettia sale was a huge success. Kaschak thanked the secondary students and staff involved with the annual food drive collection. More than 3,600 items were collected, surpassing the goal of 2018. All donations were given to Green Good Neighbors.

- Senior marketing and business students in the satellite programs at Springfield High School held a fundraiser with Kinfolk Candles to raise money for their civic project to Adopt-A-Family for the holidays. The program connected with the ACCESS Shelter in Akron, providing help for homeless women and children. Money raised from the candle sale project and monetary donations from the students themselves were used to purchase gifts for two families consisting of two mothers and seven children. 

- Director of Career Technical Education and Job Placement Coordinator Lisa Tripney reported that the Board of Nursing was at the school in November and conducted an audit and no findings were reported. Tripney also said enrollment is holding steady in the cosmetology, HVAC, esthetics and practical nursing programs with a new class of practical nursing students beginning in January. Adult Education will be introducing revamped welding and automotive programs.

- Kaschak announced the Career Center students of the month:

Clinton Durfee, Facilities Operations & Maintenance, Springfield

Katrina Malensek, Visual Design & Imaging, Green

Haley Simmons, Enviroscape Technology, Coventry

Tyler Stock, Visual Design & Imaging, Manchester

Placement Student of the Month: Ronald Watson, HVAC, Green, The K Company

- A donation was approved by the board from Rick Reitz, Polaris Career Center of six Allied Air Unites to be used for the HVAC program.