MOUNT VERNON — Before its meeting Thursday evening, the Knox County Career Center school board officially opened its Yauger Road site, the KCCC Educational Training Facility for Health and Wellness. The ribbon cutting ceremony and subsequent open house were well attended by community members.
The career center’s Air Force Junior ROTC program was featured when the board meeting got under way. The instructors, retired Lt. Col. Christopher Salvucci and retired Chief Master Sgt. Craig Cox gave an overview of the program’s highlights since its inception and showed slides of successes, community service activities and cadets in action. The officers also explained their vision for the program and listed several options for expanding JROTC and reaching more students. Treasurer Tracy Elliott said the board took those suggestions under advisement and will make a decision at a later date.
Attendance at the day school this year has been exceptional, reported Principal Robert Kirk. He said only 40 of 575 students failed to log in on the Nov. 23 Moodle test day, and said the overall attendance rate so far this year is 97 percent. He also said the graduation rate for KCCC is 99.48 percent, as opposed to the Ohio state average of 71.4 percent.
During the business portion of the meeting the board, in addition to approving routine fiscal actions, accepted a donation of $300 to the adult education program from Kokosing Chapter of the Archaeology Society of Ohio.
Other actions taken by the board included the approval of a number of field trips and the adoption of the schedule for adult education public safety programs and instructors for the program.
Prior to adjournment, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel. Returning to open session, the board unanimously voted to offer superintendent Bernie Pachmayer a five-year contract effective when the current contract expires June 30, 2012.
No further action was taken.