Departing workers recognized

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities met Tuesday afternoon at The Family Learning Center. Superintendent Lew Hurst recognized Jennine Kramer on the occasion of her retirement after serving the facility for 31 years as a job coach, teacher and training aides.

“I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for our students,” he said.

Kramer responded, “The program has been a part of my life for 50 years. I feel blessed to make a career out of something you love and is dear to your heart. It has been an honor and privilege and I appreciate you allowing me to do that. Unless you are a part of it, people don’t understand how important our work is.”

Anita Koons and Chuck Schilling also are retiring. Koons was at the Opportunity Center for 29 years, working at the Tiffin and Fostoria Re-ads sheltered workshops. Schilling drove bus for 17 years.

Hoot in the Park runs 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 11. The non-scary trail in Opportunity Park for those 10 years old and younger is sponsored by the ACT Council as a service project for the Aktion Club.

Ninety individuals participated in the Dinner and Dialogue for developmental disabilities, family members and friends where they discussed advocacy for choice.

Seven new students are attending the School of Opportunity this year.

Hurst noted taking part in conference calls with federal legislators to develop a delegation letter in support of choice for individuals for residential and program services.

Receiving notification from the Department of Developmental Disabilities in August that they will be enforcing a Medicaid law that prohibits individuals with disabilities on Medicaid waivers receiving vocational rehabilitation services can no longer be on a waiver and receive more than 50 percent of the federal minimum wage. This will impact 40-50 individuals in Seneca County and the DODD expects transition plans within a year.

Hurst again iterated the difficulty in hiring direct service professionals and said the recent superintendents’ conference focused on assuring resources are available, community understanding, recruiting and maintaining a quality work force and supporting people with high needs.

Business manager Dick Williams reported receiving the second half real estate taxes and noted bids for the roof AC work are to be sought in March.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Are reviewing their social media policy.

The 169 board is to meet at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9.