Retirement recognition at Seneca County Opportunity Center

An emotional retirement recognition was read by Seneca County Opportunity Center Superintendent Lew Hurst Thursday afternoon for Pam Depinet after serving the school for 26 years as a substitute workshop specialist and a clerical specialist.

Hurst noted the dedication of the Depinet family to the Opportunity Center totaling the years of service from Pam plus those of Steve, along with Jodi and Austin, who lost their lives in a fire, added up to 73 years of service.

Pam thanked the facility for all its support for the family during that time and noted that staff offered condolences every day. She was presented with a charm that had a picture of Jodi and the day she passed away inscribed.

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities members learned that the School of Opportunity has been awarded a three-year level of accreditation by the Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities.

Children’s Services Director Rick Gagnon shared the experience of the Intermediate I class and their parents visiting an equestrian program in Ottawa.

Marta Mohr, director of consumer and supports advocacy, stated that one self- advocate recently completed the Leadership Seneca County program and another is presently participating in the Citizens Police Academy.

Building renovations started this week on replacing the roof over the adult services workshop. Next, work on the gymnasium roof begins and finally over the school wing.

Members entered into executive session to discuss the employment of a public employee. It was determined one new teacher is to be hired.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Accepted the resignation of Children’s Services Director Gagnon.

• Approved the 2019 summer activities program contingent on the school construction schedule.

• Recognized the Seneca County Sheriff’s Dept. and the community services work program conducted by Deputy Dan Kin that painted the adult services workshop and gymnasium plus completing dry walling and landscaping.

• Approved appropriating additional funds totaling $158,982.98.

• Heard Business Manager Dick Williams request the finance committee meet in early June to discuss the 2020 budget for July approval.

The 169 board meets at 4:30 pm, June 11.