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Kelsey Webb 

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center hires Dr. Rick Smith as next superintendent

Dr. Rick Smith was hired to be the next superintendent at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center during a special Board of Education meeting Wednesday evening.

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education took action last night at a special meeting to employ Dr. Richard Smith as superintendent of schools, effective August 1.  Dr. Smith, who was awarded a three-year contract, is currently superintendent of schools at North Union Local School District in Union County. He will replace Dr. Jeff Price, who is retiring July 31.

The Board of Education began its superintendent search on Nov. 19, 2014. The Board received assistance in the process from K-12 Business Consulting. After developing a superintendent profile based on information provided by parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, local superintendents of school districts that serve Ohio Hi-Point, area government officials, and business professionals, the Board reviewed the credentials of 20 highly qualified individuals. Interviews with seven candidates were conducted on February 16 and February 18.

“Dr. Smith’s track record in supporting high student achievement and his overall experience as a teacher and administrator made him a strong candidate from the beginning,” said Anne Reames, Board President “We believe he has the expertise to work with the Board, the staff, and the career center community to establish an exemplary vision and direction for the future.”

Dr. Smith has served as superintendent at North Union since 2006. Between 2001 and 2006, Dr. Smith was an elementary principal in the Ashland City School District. He was an assistant principal in the Mansfield City School District in Richland County from 2000 to 2001 as well as a teacher in the same district from 1996 to 2000 while serving as an assistant varsity basketball coach.

Dr. Smith has been active with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) for many years, serving on the BASA Report Card and State Department Committee and the Exceptional Children Committee. He also served as a mentor for new superintendents, and he gave a presentation at the 2010 BASA Annual Conference on the state’s new superintendent evaluation instrument.

Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in education from Charleston Southern University in 1996, his master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University in 2000, and his doctorate in educational administration in 2012 from Ashland University. Dr. Smith also served in the U.S. Air Force for eight and one-half years after graduating from high school.

Dr. Smith is the seventh superintendent at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center since the career center opened in 1974.

Anne Reames, Board President, stands with Ohio Hi-Point's next superintendent, Dr. Rick Smith.


Contracts were signed at last night's special board meeting to hire Dr. Rick Smith as the next superintendent.





Kelsey Webb 

Ohio Hi-Point honors business and community partnerships at Appreciation Banquet

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s advisory committee members were honored during Ohio Hi-Point’s annual Appreciation Banquet Wednesday evening.

“Each of our academic and career-technical programs are guided by an advisory board made up of other educators, business leaders and community partners,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeff Price. “They are the reason why we’re able to remain so proactive in education. Our students are prepared for the next step due to our excellent instructors and advisory committee members. We’re glad to honor them tonight.”

Three awards were presented during the evening.

McLemore speaks to the audience after accepting his award.

Dr. Price presented Scot McLemore of HONDA with the Making a Difference Award on behalf of Debbie Wortman, Ohio Hi-Point’s Satellite Director.

McLemore was a key advisory in planning the Marysville Early College/STEM project in partnership with Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Columbus State Community College and HONDA. His leadership and guidance in creating a real-world education that matched content standards and course outlines was instrumental in the success of the project.

Amy Nicol, a Career Based Intervention instructor at Bunsold Middle School, honored Kenny and Janna Preston, owners of Caption Graphics in Marysville, with the Business Partnership of the Year Award.

Caption Graphics works directly with the middle school students to run the school store, the Monarch Marketplace. They brainstorm products and share advice on making the student-run store financially successful as well as a place for student learning.

Craig Bales, an Ohio Hi-Point Satellite Supervisor, presented the Upper Scioto Valley Ag Advisory Committee with the Advisory Committee of the Year Award.

The committee, consisting of Sheri Beale, Lori Dyer, Craig Hurley, Howard Lyle, Doug Putnam and Paul Ralston, was a support system for new USV Ag teacher, Aaron Thompson. The committee members were guest speakers in classes, employers to interns, and valuable resources of information for Thompson.

The USV Ag Advisory Committee consists of Sheri Beale, Lori Dyer, Craig Hurley, Howard Lyle, Doug Putnam and Paul Ralston.


Two students were the honored speakers for the evening. Jasmine Bryant, a junior in the Media Arts satellite program at Riverside High School, and Kirsten Gardner, a senior in the Main Campus Multimedia Marketing program from Indian Lake High School, both spoke on how career-technical education and the organizations affiliated with program labs instill confidence and leadership skills as well as the opportunity to showcase the skills and talents of students.

With Superintendent Dr. Jeff Price are the banquet's student speakers, Jasmine Bryant (second to the left) stands with her instructor, Michelle Weadock, and Kirsten Gardner (second from the right) stands with her instructor, Justin Lacher.

The Appreciation Banquet is a small piece in recognizing the dynamic impact advisory committees have on connecting business to education and closing the skills gap.


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FFA students experience Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference

COLUMBUS- The Ohio Hi-Point Riverside FFA students attended the second annual Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC) last week held at the Ohio State House in Columbus. A spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau opened the conference about how FFA members can influence elected officials on agricultural issues. Riverside FFA officers had the opportunity to… Read full post »

Ohio Hi-Point unveils welding program for 2014-2015 school year

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OHP hosts Dr. Earl Sloan reception

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s students and staff had an opportunity to thank a vital supporter of the career center, The Sloan Foundation, during a celebration for the late Dr. Earl Sloan. The annual event, which was held in the Sloan Inn on Wednesday afternoon, was attended by Sloan Trustees to hear students talk about… Read full post »

OHP FFA Places Third in Northeastern Skills Classic

Ohio Hi-Point’s Animal Management and Professional Turf and Landscaping students placed third overall in the Northeastern Skills Classic this week. The following students earned awards: Rachel Boyer (Urbana High School)- second place, Animal Care Anna Whitcher (Indian Lake)- fourth place, Animal Care Rachel Boyer (Urbana High School)- second place, Aquarium Management Austin Neeley (Ben Logan)- first place,… Read full post »

Benjamin Logan Second-Graders Visit Ohio Hi-Point

Second-graders from Benjamin Logan took a field trip last Thursday to Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s campus where they participated in several activities coordinated by the culinary, animal management, science laboratory, information technology, cosmetology and building maintenance departments. During the visit, students frosted cupcakes, built recipe holders, looked at cells under a microscope, experienced a petting… Read full post »

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