2017-10-11 / News

Pettisville Schools In Black For This Year

The Pettisville School District will see more money coming in than going out this fiscal year.

But a five-year forecast approved by the school board during its Monday, Oct. 9 meeting, shows that revenues will fall below the break-even mark for the following year.

Chris Lee, district treasurer, forecasts revenue from both property tax and income tax to remain fairly flat, and anticipates some increases in expenses, including salaries.

Salary increases are due to contract obligations and step increases built into the teacher salary structure.

Steve Switzer, superintendent, said the district experienced some increases in expenses for special education which can affect the bottom line.

“We will have to wait to see how that all plays out,” Switzer said.

In a related matter, an age-span waiver request was approved. It will be submitted to the state for a special education classroom situation at Pettisville.

State regulations require the ages of students in the same classroom be not more than 60 months (five years) apart.

But during one period of the day, Lora Friend, specific learning disability teacher, supervises one older student who is studying and teaches one younger student.

The district is requesting a waiver of the state regulation for this one-period situation.

Employee Events

A resolution setting guidelines for expenditures to honor employees, and provide refreshments and meals at employee events, was approved as part of the consent agenda.

The guidelines state that awards, gifts and recognition will not exceed a range of $100-$140 per occasion.

The resolution allows for deviations in amount. Deviations must be approved by the superintendent.

The board approved continuing the practice of dividing the duties of junior class advisor and paying smaller stipends to numerous individuals.

Twelve teachers will take on various duties for the junior class, and will receive payments varying from $25-$400.

The board also heard a recommendation to approve offering the high school cheerleader advisor stipend to a ‘spirit squad’ advisor instead.

The new position would be offered to one, or possibly two, co-advisors to organize pep rallies, spirit weeks, and supervise student spirit leaders for the basketball season.

The new proposal is at least in part because of low interest in high school cheerleading.

Michael Lane, high school principal, said the change would last until the district can “reestablish a varsity cheerleading team.”

The board will consider individuals for the spirit squad advisor and stipend amounts at its next meeting.

Ellen Bostwick, elementary social studies teacher, was approved as the junior high cheerleader advisor. She is a first-year teacher at Pettisville.

Carla Hartz, a retired Pettisville teacher, talked about her involvement with Alpha Delta Kappa, a fraternal organization for female teachers.

The organization promotes excellence in education and world understanding, and supports charitable causes around the world.

The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 6, to allow board members to attend the Ohio School Board Association Capital Conference in Columbus the following week. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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