2009-11-04 / News

Pettisville School Board Considers Policy Update

The Pettisville school board heard presentations from two policy development companies at its regular board meeting, Monday Nov. 2.

The board is considering hiring a firm to help the district review and update its policy manual.

Steve Switzer, district superintendent, has done the work in the past.

The board heard presentations from the Ohio School Board Association policy service and the Northeast Ohio Learning Associates policy development firm.

Each presenter said he would work with the district to review, develop, and update the policies and guidelines of the district.

Policies could then be placed on a website for easy access.

The cost depends on which company is chosen and which services are included in the contract.

The minimum amount would be in the $10,000 range. The maximum would be over $19,000.

The cost would be a onetime expense, although both companies offer update services for an annual fee.

Switzer said the current Pettisville policy manual needs a complete update.

“In the past we have relied on quarterly updates and other legal sources, including publications and guidelines issued by various organizations. We feel it is not adequate at this time,” Switzer said.

He said that after the district does a complete policy update with one of the services, they may be able to rely on the publications to keep it current.

No decision was made, but board members were asked to review the information and come to the next meeting prepared to decide.

New Building

The board also heard an update on the building project.

Site preparation is on schedule, including digging a pond for geothermal heating and grading for the new school.

Design teams are finalizing decisions for the new building, such as brick style and pattern, types of flooring, surface finishes, and furniture.

The board was asked to consider keeping eight or 10 classrooms from the current elementary.

The classrooms will be used for other purposes, including a fitness center, storage, and custodial space.

If the 10-classroom confi guration were chosen, the parking area would be decreased and a number of parking spaces lost.

The board agreed by consensus on the eight-classroom configuration, particularly since it wanted to avoid congested parking by teen drivers.

Personnel

In personnel matters, Andrea Grieser was approved for a supplemental contract as junior high cheerleading coach. Grieser is a certified teacher who is substitute teaching at various districts in the area.

The board meeting was held one week early to allow board members to attend the annual Ohio State School Board Association Capital Conference in Columbus next week. All board members were present.

The next meeting is Monday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. following a Christmas supper for board members.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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