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PLCC superintendent says first day of school was huge success

Carolynn Mostyn
Suburbanite correspondent

GREEN Portage Lakes Career Center Superintendent Kim Redmond told the PLCC Board of Education that the first day of school was a huge success for students during the August meeting.

Redmond said the students practiced social distancing and being respectful of COVID-19 protocols. She thanked all those involved with continuing efforts to keep the building clean, sanitized and safe for students and staff. She said she was proud of the staff, students, and families for placing their trust in PLCC during unprecedented times.

PLCC Principal Mike Kaschak said his motto for the year is “We Are Stronger Together.”

Kaschak said appreciates everyone working together to make this school successful for the staff and the students. He explained why the first days are critical as the students familiarize themselves with the building and expectations during this time of a blended hybrid learning environment.

During the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Tripney updated the board on the Adult Education class numbers. The enrollment had more than doubled from the same time four years ago. The classes are Practical Nursing, Cosmetology, Spa Technician, Nail Technician, Automotive Technology, HVAC, and Welding. Plumbing and Pipefitting is also being offered for the first time.

During the meeting, employment contracts were approved for teachers Marcie Jacobs, Deborah Snyder, Ron Balis as the auto tech instructor, Wendy Bodenschatz as the pharmacology tutor, Laura Campriani as part-time clinical lab instructor, Benedict Chouinard as HVAC instructor, Felicia Coldsnow as spa technician instructor, Mike Kapas as welding instructor, Rick O’Neill as auto tech instructor, Brenda Rickenbacker as part-time clinical lab instructor, and Fernando Wanton as adult education evening receptionist/monitor.

The next regular PLCC Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 17.