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Staff changing at Opportunity Center

By Bonnie Daniel, Advertiser-Tribune
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities members learned during a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Early Childhood Center in Fostoria that changes are coming for the Opportunity Center.

Superintendent Lew Hurst recognized Consumer Advocacy and Supports Director Cynthia Morrison on the occasion of her retirement after 28 ½ years.

“The greatest legacy you have left is teaching individuals to speak up for themselves,” Hurst said.

Hurst introduced Marta Mohr, who will be taking over the position, to board members.

Another change will be the retirement of Human Resources Director Janet Vay at the end of September. Administrative assistant Kimberly Groth is to move into the human resources position, while newly hired Julie Shellhouse becomes the administrative assistant.

Morrison said in her last report that participation at their booth at the Seneca County Fair was great and she said the Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility group is working on developing a new video.

Vay said health insurance costs jumped 29 percent this year but they are examining ways to bring down costs.

Business Manager Dick Williams reported the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities had a 2 percent budget cut. The local board is to be able to reduce the cost of electricity by $12,000 over the next three years through the locked-in fee from 2018-21.

Williams also said the state has become aware that nine-month employees who are paid on a 12-month basis are not able to receive credits for 12 months in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System. Starting this school year, they only are to receive credits for nine months.

Children’s Services Director Rick Gagnon announced 51 students are enrolled at the School of Opportunity this year. An open house is 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 with school beginning Aug. 23.

Transportation Director Ron Davidson said the buses are being readied for state inspection and they soon are to conduct a driver in-service.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Approved the Ethics Council recommendation to renew four supported living contracts.

• Approved the establishment of advocacy coordinator and inclusion specialist positions.

• Approved participation in the special education Part B-IDEA grant for fiscal year 2017-18 in the amount of $33,287.45.

The 169 board is to meet at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

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