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WCCC BOE approves transition placement coordinator position

The Washington County Career Center Board of Education unanimously approved the creation of a new position focused on life for students after completion of their programs at its Thursday meeting.

“We’ve been in need of a transition placement coordinator for a long time,” explained Superintendent Dennis Blatt. “We do a lot of early placements despite the last two brutal (school) years getting students out to work on job sites. And we want to do that, but not only do we want them to get work experience while they’re here in school, we want to do a better job of transitioning those students … into full-time work positions.”

That post-school success, Blatt said, points to where the career center is headed next, after a successful first 50 years (as denoted by the flags in downtown Marietta up through Monday).

The transition/placement coordinator position was created with seven salary steps for the 37.5- hour workweek based on 219 days serving in the role per year.

The Step 1 wage adopted starts the position at $42,767 per year, a rate of $26.038 per hour and concludes the raises at $50,947 per year ($31.018 per hour).

The board also approved a new year-long commitment with Life and Purpose Behavioral Health, effective July 1, for the administration of behavioral health services within the school.

In its March meeting the board was able to tour the new offices where those services are conducted for high school students prior to adoption of the $80,000 agreement Thursday by use of Student Wellness and Success funding.

In other business:

¯ Director of Adult Technical Training Tony Huffman noted growing partnerships in customized training for local employers in expanding skills through their existing workforces.

This training, he explained, includes partners both in industrial work like Kraton, and the medical side of the adult programs with Memorial Health System.

¯ The board accepted the retirement of Carol Radabaugh after 31 years of service to the school.

“I must note about Carol, she really knew those kids, each one that stepped in her line she knew by name,” said Blatt.

¯ The board is next scheduled to meet on June 28 at 5 p.m.

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