JVS adds new Buckeye rep

BLOOMINGDALE – A new board member was added during Tuesday’s Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board meeting.

Steve Bezak III, representing Buckeye Local School District, took a seat with the eight other board members, according to Todd Phillipson, superintendent.

“This is (Bezak’s) first meeting,” said Phillipson, adding Buckeye had no representative for the first two meetings this year. “He’s from Buckeye Local schools. The Buckeye Local board approved him to sit on our board.”

Phillipson said Bezak attended the JVS, graduating in 1996 from the power mechanics program. Fellow JVS board members approved him sitting on the board, and he was assigned to the finance and public relations committees, added Phillipson.

“He’s our only board member not sitting on another school board,” continued Phillipson, adding state laws were changed last year allowing nonboard members to represent school districts associated with vocational schools.

In another matter, Phillipson talked about changes in the school year.

“We’ve now moved from (school calendar) days to hours,” said Phillipson, adding the district is moving from 178 instructional days to hours. “Under the new plan we’ll have more time for professional development for our staff. We’re required to have 1,001 hours of instructional time (per school year). We will exceed that.”

The board contracted with Construction Resources Inc. of Solon at a cost of $25,500 to oversee a two-year plan to replace the roof on the main campus building of the JVS, which is more than 30 years old, said Phillipson. The initial roof assessment has been completed, and portions of the roof repair will be ready for bidding by the summer, said Phillipson.

“We’re going to spend the levy dollars for the roof replacement wisely,” said Phillipson.

The JVS will be sending two advisers, four chaperones and 29 students to Columbus April 15-16 for the Skills USA State Competition and Leadership Conference, said Phillipson.