2010-12-15 / News

Pettisville School Board Mulls Kindergarten Plans

The Pettisville School Board discussed the possibility of offering all-day, every day kindergarten starting with the 2011-12 school year at its Monday, Dec. 13 meeting.

The Ohio Department of Education requires that school districts offer all-day kindergarten. Pettisville schools have received an exemption due, in part, to lack of space.

With the anticipated completion of the new school building, the space should become available to offer allday kindergarten.

Steve Switzer, superintendent, said the district could still apply for an exemption due to higher costs and a low number of kindergarten students if the board chooses.

Board members requested cost information as well as feedback from area parents before making a decision on the kindergarten question.

Figures provided by Switzer showed Pettisville has one of the lowest cost-perpupil figures in the fourcounty area.

That’s notable, since Pettisville schools have consistently ranked in the Excellent range on state ratings.

Only four schools had a lower cost-per-pupil amount: Central Local, Hicksville, Wauseon, and Defiance.

Pettisville’s cost was calculated to be $8,717 per pupil.

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, reported the elementary had 98% participation from parents in the fall parent-teacher conferences.

The next board meeting is Monday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., in the school library. It will begin with an organizational meeting to elect officers. Board members agreed that John King, current board president, will conduct the meeting. A regular board meeting will follow. –D.J. Neuenschwander

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