LISBON -The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center is setting aside a bit more money in its capital improvement in anticipation of undertaking some additional renovation projects in 2013.
The CTC board voted last week to transfer $1 million from the general fund to the capital improvement fund to further improvements at the restaurant, install additional energy efficient lighting and convert a storage garage into two additional science labs.
The CTC has no capital improvement levy, which is why it transfers money into the account. Superintendent Chuck Adkins said the board usually transfers $500,000 per year, but the amount was upped this year because of the science lab project.
He said they need some larger modern labs to serve students enrolled in their various health care programs, and they hope to accomplish that with conversion of the storage garage where tractors and other equipment are currently kept.
The CTC has applied to the state to determine if any of the projects would qualify for state funding and learn how much is available, but Adkins said they are prepared to proceed with the projects, regardless.
In other action at the meeting, the board hired Kerry Beeson as an auto collision repair instructor replacing Kevin Barnett, who resigned from the position after a short time on the job. Beeson, who was transportation director for the United Local school district, will be paid $53,000.
Angela Datillio, director of the Adult Basic and Literacy Education program, gave a brief update on the program. In addition to classes at the school, adults wishing to improve their reading, math and other education skills can attend classes at sites in Salem, Columbiana and East Liverpool.
Many adults use these classes to prepare for the GED exams, and Datillio reported 52 did just that in 2012, with 48 passing. Another 11 were able to use the classes to obtain a job, 12 used the classes to keep their job, and 45 students went on to college or advance vocational training.
The CTC board's next meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 15.