January 14, 2021
James Hixson Board Room
This meeting is a meeting of the Governing Board in public for the purpose of conducting the Career Center's business and is not to be considered a public community meeting. There will be time for public participation as indicated by a specified agenda item.
Mission Statement: Central Nine exists to engage and empower students by providing career-based instruction in an innovative learning environment. We make an IMPACT on our students' personal and professional SKILLS, which enables them to succeed in post-secondary and career opportunities.
The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President. Mr. Greg Waltz. Mr. Waltz welcomed everyone and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Those in attendance: Mike Quaranta, Assistant Director; Michelle Davis, Adult Education Director; Steve Owen, representing Central Nine Teacher's Association; and Laura Showalter, Benefits Coordinator/Executive Assistant.
No additions/corrections to the agenda were presented.
The Governing Board was presented with a video presentation from the Health Science I & II program.
Dr. Kovach shared an update on college dual credits at Central Nine.
Dawn Downer moved for approval of the Consent Agenda Items as presented. Steve Johnson seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0.
Dr. Kovach informed the Board that Central Nine plans on staying hybrid until further notice.
Dr. Kovach shared the potential facilities project cost estimates by school. Dr. Kovach explained that this is strictly for reference and not set in stone.
Dr. Kovach requested to extend the unused benefits days provided by the Families First Cares Relief Act. He explained that employees who have not exhausted their 10 days will have up through March 31, 2021, to use them for COVID-19 related absences.
Steve Johnson moved for approval of the local extension of FFCRA Leave Days. Joe Hubbard seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0.
We have put in an offer on lot 22 in Oldefield Commons off of Smith Valley Road. The offer is contingent on the appraisal and school board approval in February. The lot purchase will also include the architectural drawings for the house that will be built.
We have had five different architectural firms express interest in the RFI. January 22nd is when all the paperwork is due to Central Nine. Based on what comes to us on that day, we will determine who will be interviewed on February 4th to become our architect moving forward.
On January 4th our staff engaged in a professional development session on cultural diversity and implicit bias with Terri Roberts-Leonard. The experience was eye opening for many of us and helpful for our staff to see ways to communicate and understand students and stakeholders while also realizing how we each interact and react to them.
We have a new batch of policy updates that a board member or to should look over in preparation for a first reading in February.
Dr. Kovach shared the Director's Comments and Items of Information (listed above).
Discussed the duration of the current hybrid schedules each of our schools is on.
Discussed possibilities of getting staff vaccinated.
Discussed the Next Level Programs of study that all high schools and career centers are working through with the Governor's Workforce Cabinet. Some changes at C9 will be taking place with many programs. I plan to present these to the school board this spring.
Discussed the progress of the RFI.
Dr. Kovach presented the Superintendent Meeting Notes (listed above).
The Board was presented with the January Students of the Month (attached).
Dr. Kovach shared the upcoming dates and events with the Board.
Mike Quaranta presented the High School Division Update (attached).
Michelle Davis requested approval of the Adult Education Personnel Report.
Mike Metzger moved for approval of the Adult Education Personnel Report as presented. Craig Koch seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0
Michelle Davis requested approval of Stipend pay for Adult Education staff members representing Central Nine Adult Education as the Professional Development facilitator.
Joe Hubbard moved for approval of the AE Professional Development Facilitator Stipend. Dawn Downer seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0.
Michelle Davis presented the Board with the Adult Education Monthly Update.
The Board welcomed the new representatives Jill Laker from Beech Grove and Craig Koch from Clark Pleasant.
Mr. Waltz reminded the Board that it is scheduled to re-organize at the February 11, 2021 meeting. He asked if it was the pleasure of the Board to hold an executive session meeting or discuss it openly at the regular session meeting. It was the consensus of the Board to hold an Executive Session meeting at 6:45 p.m. on February 11, 2021.
With no further business, Mike Metzger moved for adjournment at 8:04 p.m.