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Ashley Draper is shown here thanking the Pioneer board of education.

SHELBY -- Matt Parr is the Supervisor of Satellite Programs at PCTC. He oversees 20 teachers in nine buildings of schools that contain satellite programs such as Vocational Agriculture and Consumer Science.

Parr gave a humorous presentation to the PCTC board about his responsibilities and how PCTC has proven to be an honor in his family. Parr’s family consists of six children. Five of those children have graduated from PCTC and have been highly successful.

Ashley Parr Draper graduated from the Medical Tech Program in 2011 with an associate degree in nursing. She attended college to earn her degree in nursing and was hired by OhioHealth to work in the Emergency Department.

She has worked her way up from managing the Emergency Department to her current job as Business Operations Manager of Shelby, Ontario, and Mansfield Emergency Departments. Ashley’s husband attended PCTC and currently owns Draper Landscaping & Design.

A J, Matt’s son, attended Auto Tech at Pioneer and found that was not the direction he wanted to take in life. He currently works for Amazon and is working on his B A in business. Autumn, another daughter, graduated from the Dental Assistant Program at PCTC and continued her education in the dental field after graduation.

Ammon graduated from the Homeland Security Program and is currently servicing in the U.S. Marine Corp. Alexis, the youngest child is currently attending the Medical Technology Program at PCTC.

Switching to a serious, almost emotional presentation, Parr thanked the board and PCTC for providing a pathway of Educational Excellence for our children.

Jolene Young, Assistant to Clay Frye, Director of Operations gave a report regarding Pioneer students continuing to be recruited by local businesses and industry. Gorman Rupp, MTD, in Willard, Newman Technologies in Mansfield, Diesel and Construction at Ohio Laborers Unions, and many others have interviewed and recently hired Pioneer students.

Businesses are competing for the best students which is a testament to the high achievement of students and instructors.

Pioneer students in the Construction Labs have used the great weather to put the new excavator and bobcat to good use training on the equipment.

Students from Colonel Crawford, Wynford, and Lucas will be attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October, which is a great opportunity for the students enrolled in the Ag programs.

Mrs. Mary Jean Theaker, Board Member gave the student achievement report stating Graham Geissman (Buckeye Central), and Summer Kennard (Willard), was selected September 2021 Students of the Month.

Graham is enrolled in the Masonry program, a senior from Buckeye Central, and is the son of Michelle and Brad Geissman. He is a member of the baseball team and basketball team at Buckeye Central and enjoys working at his grandfather’s farm. Graham is excited to be able to take advantage of Early Job Placement at Pioneer and start his career at AMC Contractors.

Kennard is enrolled in the Criminal Justice program, a senior from Willard High School, and is the daughter of Dawn and Matthew Kennard. She plays on the Willard HS tennis team and volunteers her time at her church as a daycare worker and cleaner. Her future plans are to become a Game Warden or pursue a career doing investigation work.

Students in Mr. Matt Hanning’s EDT and Mr. Bill Dichtl’s Graphic Arts labs worked with Assistant Director Jolene Young to design fire and emergency maps for classrooms and hallways at Pioneer.

Students collaborated to make maps of the building indicating the location of each fire extinguisher to be used for the Shelby Fire Department and Police Department during any emergency situation. A map has been placed behind every fire extinguisher in the building.

Mr. Grant Brocwell’s Masonry and Mr. Justin Tuttle’s Carpentry labs are building a garage for Kenny Owen.

Mr. Tuttle’s lab also worked with ECE to make improvements to the playground and repair the Pioneer wagon so that it can be used in local parades.

Mr. Stuart’s Home Remodeling students made pallet planters and benches for the Richland County Chamber of Commerce.

Peyton Matlak, a Shelby senior in Mrs. Daugherty’s Cosmetology lab, has been hired at the Reformatory Blood Prison to apply make-up for the actors and actresses.

Mrs. Linda Schumacher, Treasurer reported the GAP conversion is almost finished, the audit is still in process, and all taxes have been collected and received.

Superintendent Greg Nickoli reported Pioneer is working with all the related schools to follow each school's process and procedures concerning COVID situations.

Sadly, the retirement of Donna Perry, Microsoft Office Elective instructor, was accepted. Nickoli stated she has been a wonderful asset to Pioneer and will be greatly missed.

Pioneer board meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm in the Board Room. Due to COVID, currently, the board meets in the Community Room to allow for safe spacing.

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