Penta prepares to open new career center

By Jane Maiolo

With the opening of its new 522,000-square-foot technical facility just around the corner, the Penta Career Center Board of Education has been busy revising the student handbook, adjusting lunch fees, and approving a few final construction change orders.

At the August 13 meeting, held at the new Buck Road building, the board approved several revisions to the 2008-09 handbook's code of conduct. Director Jeff Kurtz discussed the changes which include absenteeism, facial piercing, hairstyles and student identification tags.

Under the new policy, students who are absent for more than four days each semester are required to present a doctor's/court note after the fourth parent note. The note must be submitted within 48 hours.

No visible facial jewelry will be permitted, said Mr. Kurtz, adding that students with pierced ears are allowed to wear earrings.

The new hairstyle policy prohibits students from having  any hairstyle/unnatural hair color that is considered disruptive to the educational process.

"We won't react to a slight streak," said the director, but noted that if the entire hair was dyed an unusual color such as blue or green, that would be considered disruptive.

The final revision to the policy involved student ID cards. In the past students were required to wear the card visibly at all times.

With the new policy students must have their ID card on their possession at all times, but are not required to visibly display it.

In addition to policy revisions, the board also approved changes in cafeteria prices for 2008-09.

The standard Type A lunch will remain the same price at $2.50, said Superintendent Fred Susor.

He noted that a la carte prices will increase, but will remain in line with the fees member schools are charging. Most items will increase by 25 cents.

The board also approved $167,411 in construction change orders. "Next month we hopefully will return with the bulk of the change orders," said Tim Davis, director of buildings and grounds.

Mr. Davis said the facility is on budget with 99 percent of construction and 92 percent of the contingency fund used.

The director said the move to the new center went well. "It's been unbelievably smooth," he said, crediting his summer work crew.

He told the board that Owens Community College was expected to take possession of the old campus on August 15.

"It's neat to come over here." He concluded, "Everyone is pretty excited."

Joel Nedrow, project manager for Rudolph Libbe,  expressed his appreciation to the board. "It's just been great to work with  the staff. It's been a great experience."

Board member William Green commended everyone who worked on the building. "This is fabulous. This is something that will ultimately be good for the students for years to come."

New board member Randy Macko agreed. "It's an amazing facility."

The board of education will hold a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 28. The event is open to the public.

Penta Career Center serves 16 school districts in five counties including Rossford Schools.

Other Business

In other business, the board:

  • Administered the oath of office to new board member Randy Macko of North Point Educational Service Center. Mr. Macko's term expires December 31.
  • Approved a compensation package for Treasurer Carrie Herringshaw. Ms. Herringshaw's salary was set at $102,763 for the 2008/09 school year, $105,845 in 2009/10 and $110,600 in 2010/11.
  • Appointed board member Robert Righi as Penta's delegate to the Ohio School Board Association's Capital Conference in November. Ken Sutter will serve as the alternate.
  • Renewed membership in the Ohio Schools Council Cooperative Purchasing Program for the 2008-09 school year at a cost of $852.

"We've been able to participate in great programs at a pretty reasonable cost," said Ms. Herringshaw.

  • Hired Kristie Reighard as a science instructor at a rate of $61,020 for the 2008-09 school year.

The board also employed 44 employees for adult education programs.

  • Adopted a revised policy for hygienic management to comply with Jarod's Law.
  • Approved six requests to attend professional meetings.

The next meeting of the board will be at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, September 10, at the board meeting room, 9301 Buck Road, Perrysburg. The meeting is open to the public.