The Pettisville school board looked at preliminary plans for proposed athletic fields during its Monday, March 11 meeting.
The plans call for a varsity softball field, Little League baseball field, utility baseball field, and a small soccer field. All would be built south of Co. Rd. D, across from the new school building
Plans also include batting cages, a small playground, and a concessions building. Steve Switzer, superintendent, told the board school officials are in the process of selecting an engineer to develop the specifications for bidding the project.
Three firms have submitted proposals that are being reviewed. Switzer said he hopes to have recommendations on or before the April board meeting.
District officials have allocated $300,000 to construct the athletic fields.
The district permanent improvement budget will contribute $150,000 to the project.
Another $50,000 for the athletic fields will come from the Pettisville athletic boosters.
The remaining $100,000 will come from local money, originally designated for the construction of the new school.
When the school was completed, it was significantly under budget. As a result, some of the local contribution to the project will be returned to the district.
The board approved the calendar for the 2013-14 school year.
School starts Wednesday, Aug. 21, and follows a pattern similar to the last several years.
Thanksgiving break will be extended by one day with no school on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Christmas break will be a full two weeks starting on Monday, Dec. 23.
Pettisville will not have a spring break, but will have an Easter break from Thursday, April 17 through Monday, April 21, 2014.
The last day of school is Friday, May 30, 2014.
Michael Lane, high school principal, officially recognized those involved in supporting the girls basketball team for their trip to the regional tournament.
He offered special recognition to staff members who volunteered their time to drive two ‘spirit buses’ so students could attend.
Tom Wagner and Anna Norris drove the buses. Jason Mansfield and Switzer served as bus chaperones.
Lane also invited the board to watch staff and coaches play a basketball game against a Toledo television station, Saturday, 1 pm, as part of a fund-raiser for the varsity volleyball program and the junior class afterprom.
Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, reported that magazine sales, one of the few ongoing annual fundraisers, generated $13,853 this year, $613 less than last year.
Profits may be slightly higher this year due to reduced costs of reward incentives.
In personnel matters, the board approved a supplemental contract for Blake Ruffer to serve as a special assistant for the baseball season.
Ruffer is student teaching at PHS in high school math.
The board also approved contracts for four staff members under the Race to the Top grant program.
Rebecca Dorosz, Maggie Enderle, Jacinta Nafziger, and Michael Zimmerman will each receive $750 for their work in the education reform effort.
Following the regular meeting, the board went into executive session.
The stated reason for the secret session was the discussion of employment and compensation of an employee.
The private meeting lasted approximately 10 minutes. No action followed.
Tom Beck, a board member, was absent.
The next meeting is Monday, April 8, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander