2009-05-13 / Front Page

Discuss Plans For New Pettisville School

Pettisville School Board took no action on the design of its new school building "auditeria" at its meeting, Monday, May 11.

Like many schools being built in Ohio using Ohio School Facility Commission money, the building will feature a combination auditorium, multi-purpose room, and cafeteria, known informally as an "auditeria."

The question Brent A. Buehrer, architect with The Buehrer Group, Maumee, posed to the board, was whether the stage should be elevated two feet, eight inches, or the floor of the multi-purpose room be lowered a maximum of 35 inches.

In drawings shown to the board, the stage is at the south end of the auditeria, with a multi-purpose room in the center, and then a cafeteria with roll-out bleachers to the north.

There were a number of pros and cons to each possibility, including sight lines, access to the music room, which is south of the stage, and access to a nearby storage area.

Buehrer suggested they submit plans to the OSFC showing a recessed multi-purpose room, which may be refused by OSFC officials.

"Then, they've made the decision for you," he said.

But board members and Pettisville administrators said they were not comfortable making a decision that night. They asked Buehrer to provide more information on both options.

Buehrer went through his current design plans with the board, detailing the allocation of square footage. Through careful design and efficient use of space, he said he was able to take square footage from equipment rooms and unneeded construction features, and use it to enlarge classroom areas.

Currently, elementary classrooms are at 870 square feet, with high school classrooms ranging from 850 to 870 square feet.

"The process of polishing the plans has gone quite well," said Steve Switzer, district superintendent.

"We have a lot of proofing and polishing to do."

Buehrer told board members they can expect to see the first ground moved in September.


Board members approved the 2009-10 school calendar, and tentatively approved a 2010-11 calendar.

The 09-10 calendar has school starting Aug. 25, with school out on Sept. 7 and 8 for Labor Day and Junior Fair Day.

Thanksgiving vacation is Nov. 26-27, and Christmas vacation is Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, 2010.

A faculty work day is Jan 15, followed by Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 18, Presidents Day, Feb. 15, and faculty in-service March 26.

Easter is April 2-5, and the last day of school is May 28. Graduation is May 30.

Start day for 2010-11 is Aug. 24.

The board approved a list of 49 graduates in the Class of 2009, pending completion of requirements.

"They've been a great group," Michael Lane, PHS principal, said.

Lane told the board several Pettisville students were honored at the State FFA convention. Receiving state degrees were Rebekah Meller, Lucas Nofziger, Hannah Beck, Rachel Fry, Vicki Nofziger, Harris King, Bryce Rufenacht, and Austin Borton.

Pettisville students also were winners in the OSFC Dream School Podcast contest, open to students of school districts who have built or are building new OSFC-funded schools.

For the contest, students prepared a video essay on one of five questions about new or remodeled schools.


Division 2, grades 3-5: Gretchen Lee, first place.

Division 3, grades 6-8: Shelby Miller, first place; Clara Beck, second.

Division 3, grades 9-12: Lincoln Frey, first place; Zach Waidelich, third.

Several students go to Columbus, Thursday, May 21, to be recognized by the school facilities commission.

The board approved a change in the Pettisville student handbook, which restricts the annual junior-senior prom to juniors and seniors.

Lane said if a freshman or sophomore is dating a junior or senior, the younger student will be allowed to attend, but freshmen and sophomores cannot attend as guests.

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, said the elementary has Field Day, Thursday, May 14, at the PHS track, soccer field, and Pettisville Park. The fun event features an inflatable obstacle course.

Field Day gives students a chance to see their teachers "in a different light," Waldvogel said.

Tom Beck, board member, was absent from the meeting. Board members set a special meeting for 7 am, Monday, May 18, at the school, to approve the five-year financial forecast and to discuss building issues.

All votes were unanimous.- David Pugh

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