SCBDD hear Aktion Convention experiences

Self advocate Cindy Moyer shared with Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities members her experiences at the Aktion Convention. Moyer wore the cape and mask fashioned for the 15 self advocates at the convention by ladies at Kiwanis Manor. They considered themselves super heroes of service.

Classes and crafts were offered. School of Opportunity Aktion Club took third place in scrapbooking while Moyer took first place for T-shirt design and the speaking contest. Her speech expressed what Aktion Club means to her. She was thankful they were able to make birthday bags for children going into foster care, donating coloring books and crayons to children in the hospital and providing candy for children Easter week. For these service projects, the local Aktion Club received the Tom Crawford award for the Aktion Club of the Year.

Moyer plans to run for secretary of the local organization next year.

New Children’s Services Director Erica McMillon introduced herself to board members and announced that all new classroom teachers are preparing for team building training and the aides are excited about the start of school which begins Wednesday for students.

A meet and greet session with McMillon runs from 1-3 p.m. Monday while the open house is 5-6:30 p.m.

Consumer Advocacy and Support Director Marta Mohr said Au. 22 is ‘Berg Serve Day at the center. First year students at Heidelberg University assist from 9:30-11 a.m.

Superintendent Lew Hurst relayed that clients on Medicaid may only earn 50% of the minimum wage while participating in vocational rehabilitation services.

In other action, board members:

• Approved revisions to the policy manual.

• Appropriated $40,000 to the Early Childhood Center of Fostoria fund for parking lot repairs.

• Approved changes to hours and wage range of community connection specialist with a CDL endorsement position, as recommended by the personnel committee.

• Approved the creation of the position of early intervention manager, as recommended by the personnel committee.

• Approved the contract with Corporate Compass Training and Development not to exceed $5,000.

• Approved the sale of the Kirk St. property in Fostoria, authorizing Seneca County Commissioners to sell the property if approved.

• Authorized the superintendent to approve change orders on the mechanical and roofing upgrades and to send them to Seneca County Commissioners for review and approval.

• Approved the contract with Jennine Reinhart Kramer for mentoring new teachers and providing educational resources, not to exceed $13,000.

The next 169 board meeting is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10.