VWCS Staff Members Present at OSBA Captital Conference

The OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show is Ohio’s premier continuing education program — delivering practical solutions to help school district governance teams improve student learning and achievement.  Approximately 9,000 school board members, administrators, district staff and guests attended the 2018 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio earlier in November. Highlights of the 63rd annual conference included:

  • World-class speakers bringing their insights and inspiration to the General Sessions and luncheons.

  • Top experts leading more than 150 learnings sessions covering the latest education issues.

  • The annual Student Achievement Fair, featuring 100 booths of innovative school programs.

  • The largest education trade show in the U.S., offering the goods, tools and services your district needs to succeed.

  • Countless opportunities to network and share ideas with your peers.

Two groups of Van Wert staff were part of this year’s presenters. Bob Priest (Van Wert High School Principal) and Kerry Koontz (Van Wert High School Careers Counselor) spoke to nearly 150 attendees about the CEO Program offered at VWHS. During the 60-minute presentation, both Mr. Priest and Mr. Koontz highlighted the process for implementing an effective student internship program for high school students.  In addition, they shared valuable data regarding how the workforce development supported the incentive and need in enhancing local career opportunities for Van Wert students.  In just its third year, the CEO Program of Van Wert is proud to serve close to 60 high school seniors working with 30 local business partners. Also in attendance were Vicki Brunn (VW Superintendent), Jeff Snyder (Lincolnview Superintendent), Cathy Mollenkauf (Crestview Superintendent), Bill Clifton (Van Wert Assistant to the Superintendent), and representatives from Van Wert City Schools Board of Education: Anthony Adams, Debby Compton, Tom Losh, and Scott Mull.

Betty Holliday and Alex Schmidt; Van Wert Elementary Phys Ed teachers presented in a separate session about the Elementary School’s wellness initiatives including the 100 Mile Club walking program, Turkey Trot Fun Run, Health Fair & Fun Run, Jumpin’ Jammers jump rope club, Family Fun & Fitness Night, classroom Brain Breaks and the various wellness programs available to staff members. Mrs. Holliday and Mr. Schmidt shared their insight with other districts who are interested in starting similar programs, as well as offered advice on how to fund and sustain such programs long-term.