SHELBY — The Pioneer Board of Education in April approved the appointment of Superintendent Greg Nickoli to the Crawford County Tax Incentive Review Council.
The following donations were approved: An anonymous donation of three formal dresses with an approximate value of $500 for the Prom/Homecoming Dress Program. These dresses will be made available for Pioneer students to rent for Homecoming or Prom. Another anonymous donation of thirteen formal dresses with an approximate value of $6,500 will be made available for Pioneer students to rent for Homecoming or Prom.
Several donations were given to be used towards sponsorship of the t-shirts purchased for Pioneer’s 2022 Community Service Day. Arcelor Mittal – Shelby ($500), Flashover Maintenance – Crestline ($500), and Kenser Farms, LLC – Plymouth ($500) were the sponsors for the Community Service Day. Donations to be used for annual student scholarships were received by Dawn Wright-Smith, Wells Fargo, Blackbaud Giving Fund, Charleston, S.C. ($81), Jim & Marianne Ritchie – Shelby ($50), and Michael & Terri Crain – Perrysville ($150). Donnie & Randy Perry – Mansfield ($250), and Sarah Besenti-Adkins – Mt. Sterling, KY. donated $150 for the Bob Janca Scholarship fund. Nick & Ike Costein -Willard donated ($250) to be deposited into the T & I Ruth Klenke Scholarship fund and used for annual student scholarships. Thomas & Katharine Sabourin – Mansfield, donated $150 to the Art Barr Memorial Scholarship fund.
Adopted Resolution 08-22 in Appreciation of donation from KB Machine Tool Fab. LLC for End Mills and Lathe Cutters with a value of $15,000. This equipment will be used in the Precision Machining Technology program.
The board approved student participation in competitive events as follows:
FCCLA State Leadership Conference, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, April 28-29, 2022: Crestline students: Danielle Clark, Kayla Cotton, Hannah, and Rachel Grunkemeyer, and Ariah Zellner.
FFA State Convention, The Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio: May 5-6, 2022: Wynford students: Hannah Feldman, Lexie Wood, Makenna Zaebst, Elaina Korne, Ivy Schifer, Madeleine Weithman, Kyra McCurry, Jazmyne Klutz, Mackenzie Tarbert, Morgan Lambert, Reese McGuire, Gracy Stucky, Colin Langenderfer, Chase Vaughn and Brandon Vent.
SkillsUSA Ohio Championships, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, May 3-4, 2022: Jazmine Jaeckin, Welding (Willard), Samantha Cassidy, Kamryn Gill, and Griffin Pigman, Performing Arts (Lexington), Lane Bauer, Precision Machining Technologies (Buckeye Central), Liv Krassow, Performing Arts (Plymouth), Payton Sturts, Precision Machining Technologies (Lucas), Dillon Smith, Engineering Design Technology (Northmor), Connor Plew, Engineering Design Technology (Ontario), Jackson Kurtzman, Engineering Design Technology (Shelby), Chase Easterday, Precision Machining Technologies (Wynford), Wesley Madison, Precision Machining Technologies (South Central), Noah Foreman, Construction Level 1 (Galion), Ricardo Gomez-Santos, Construction Level 2 (Willard), Amanda Aguirre, Criminal Justice (Shelby), Rehgan Henry, Criminal Justice, (Madison), Summer Kennard, Criminal Justice, (Willard), Brent Douglas, Criminal Justice, (Crestview), Graham Geissman, Masonry, (Buckeye Central), Rodney Rike, Engineering Design Technology (Col. Crawford), Juana De La Cruz, Graphic Arts, (Willard), Kristopher Henry, Graphic Arts, (Bucyrus), and Thomas Rex, Welding, (Wynford).
The Ohio BPA State Leadership Conference was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on March 10-11, 2022. After competing at the regional level, thirteen students from PCTC earned the opportunity to advance to the Ohio BPA State competition events.
Collin Dingus, a junior from Crestview in IT Support at Pioneer, competed in the BPA event Computer Security. As a result, Collin is among the top five in Ohio for Computer Security! Collin advances to the 2022 BPA National Leadership Conference. Collin will travel to Dallas, Texas during the first week of May to compete with the best of the best in the nation.
Alyssa Markley, a senior Dental Assisting student from Madison High School, was recognized at the HOSA State Leadership Conference in March in Columbus, as a HOSA Externship recipient. This award recognizes members who have successfully gained employment in a Health Sciences Career field. Alyssa earned Gold Level Status for working at least 400 hours in her career field.
Several Pioneer students participated in the production of Disney’s Descendants, The Musical at the Renaissance Theater on April 1-3. Pioneer students in the cast were Audrey Spearman, Junior Graphic Arts, (Ontario), Ian Barnes, Senior Performing Arts, (Ontario), James Perry, Senior Engineering Design Technology, (Ontario), Zavier Alerio, Senior Performing Arts, (Lexington), Elijah Gates, Senior Performing Arts, (Lucas), Kamryn Gill, Junior Performing Arts, (Lexington), and Aspen Partin, Junior Performing Arts, (Ontario).
The retirement resignation was accepted by John Cooper, Intg. Math Instructor effective end of 2021-2022 contract year and Randy Endsley, Counselor effective July 1, 2022.
Accepted resignation of Dawn Roberts, Medical Technologies Instructor effective end of 2021-2022 contract year.
Approved employment of the following certificated personnel: Frederick (Fritz) Fagan; IT Support/Microsoft Office Instructor effective 2022-2023 school year. Austin Strouse, Industrial Eng. Technology Instructor (Col. Crawford Satellite) effective 2022-2023 school year.
Linda Schumacher, the Treasurer, reported they are working on the five-year forecast. Richland County real estate taxes are in and a meeting will be held soon with the insurance company to discuss upcoming premiums.
The Pioneer Career Development Staff will be in area elementary 3rd-grade classrooms doing “Tabletop Presentations” through the end of April and the beginning of May. Current Pioneer students from each home school will assist with the presentations. Mid-Ohio ESC is hosting a Student Leadership Conference in May. Pioneer will send a student leadership team made up of 5 students to attend the event.
Supt. Nickoli reported on the various upcoming activities regarding the end of the school year. Enrollment for next year is outstanding. Textbooks were discussed and Nickoli commented the price is higher this coming year. One reason is the order of Anatomy textbooks is at the college level.
Pioneer Board of Education meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm.