MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Career Center board of education met for its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

Superintendent Kathy Greenich shared a state of the school report and praised school staff for continuing to offer a positive, supportive environment for students in spite of a difficult year.

“We have had a (difficult) year here with lots of staff illnesses, student deaths and we have had to dig deep to keep that positive attitude going, to make sure we are there for each other and to keep ministering and giving to the students that are here … and we have done that,” said Greenich.

Facility operations supervisor Jordan Kandel shared that, weather permitting, the roof replacement should begin Monday.

Retiring principal John Feltman gave his final report to the board, sharing that out of the 220 members of this year’s graduating class, 120 plan to join the work force, 91 plan to continue their education and nine plan to enter military service. Seventeen graduated with career tech diplomas with honors.

Feltman said that so far, the school had approved applications from 270 incoming juniors with 27 applications on hold for next school year. Two hundred and thirty-five rising seniors plan to return to KCCC in the fall.

Feltman got slightly choked up as he concluded by expressing his gratitude to the board and the career center.

“Thank you so much for allowing me to serve for 15 years,” he said. “It’s a great school. It’s been my pleasure.”

Board member Steve Thompson also voiced his appreciation for the district. Thompson spoke of the joy he felt during the Knox Technical Center’s first combined graduation ceremony, which was held Wednesday.

“I got to see lives changed,” said Thompson. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of what this school does.”

The board also:

•Approved various personnel contracts, including hiring Melissa Nowicki as high school counselor for the 2019-20 school year.

•Approved the 2019-20 cafeteria prices for breakfast and lunch.

•Accepted the donation of a new gas furnace, 1.5 ton air conditioner unit and evaporator valued at $3,000 from Air Solutions of Ohio to the KTC HVAC-R program.

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