Career center making updates

| August 21, 2017

A major update being worked on at the Coshocton County Career Center is a new roof. Superintendent Rich Raach said work on the project started in June and is projected to be completed in October. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – It’s been a long process, but Superintendent Rich Raach is happy to say the Coshocton County Career Center will soon have a new roof.

“We started as soon as the kids left for summer break and it should be completed in October, but that depends on the weather,” he said.

The career center’s roof is 86,000 square feet and had two layers on it that had to be removed.

“I think they hauled 47 or 48 dumpsters of material away,” Raach said. “It was nonstop for a while with Kimble coming in and emptying them.

The career center’s previous roof was at least 20 years old and Raach said it had reached its life expectancy.

“We were doing a lot of maintenance on it,” he said. “We evaluate the roof every year and were having to do temporary repairs.”

The career center was able to replace the roof because of funds generated by the levy passed by the community in 2015. The first update made with levy funds was a new boiler. This year’s main project, the roof, is projected to cost $977,000 and the work is being done by Division 7 out of Columbus.

“They were the lowest bidder and were actually the ones who put our last roof on,” Raach said.

He also was happy to report that the culinary arts program has new state of the art equipment for students to use and the school hired three new teachers.

Bryan Hardesty will teach the school’s new networking IT and computer systems program to incoming juniors.

“I’m looking forward to bringing technology to youth in Coshocton,” he said.

Richard Webb will be the metal fabrication instructor and teach juniors and seniors. He is a graduate of the career center and from 2003 to 2005 was the adult education welding instructor at the school.

“I’m looking forward to improving the program and helping the kids have a future in welding,” he said.

The third new teacher on the staff is Kassidy Meek, a recent graduate of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, who will teach English to juniors.

“I’m excited about what I can learn from them and how I can help them grow,” she said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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