Board of Developmental Disabilities reorganizes

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities members Patty Smith, Joe Moore, Sandy Hallett and Lindsay Parkins received their oath of office from Seneca County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Jay Meyer at the Opportunity Center Tuesday afternoon. Members Dave Shelton and recently appointed Rev. Dave Culp were unable to attend.

Smith was chosen as president, Parkins as vice president and Shelton is to continue to serve as secretary. Committee assignments were determined regarding ethics, finance, personnel and building. The 2018 calendar for meeting dates was approved.

Superintendent Lew Hurst informed members of the progress of the pilot program involving placement of multi-system youth, noting that finding providers remains an obstacle.

Hurst said they have applied for a Tiffin Charitable Trust grant for a smart floor and the facility has six calamity days remaining.

Board members discussed an annual retreat, which would include two hours of in-service training. Another two hours of training is required by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities on state approved topics.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Approved the 2017 annual report and 2018 strategic plan.

• Transferred $22,983 to the Early Childhood Center of Fostoria, which represents the board’s share of operating expenses for 2018.

• Appropriated and transferred $1,983.76 from the ECC of Fostoria to the Opportunity Center General Fund for expenses mistakenly paid.

• Authorized Director of Transportation Ron Davidson to file an application with the Ohio Department of Transportation for a grant for three vans.

• Approved a contract with Corporate Compass Training and Development for $5,000.

• Approved the Superintendent Professional Development Plan.

The 169 board is to meet at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13.