Four out of ten students in the Pettisville school district come from other districts.
That’s what the Pettisville School board learned during its Monday, Feb. 8 meeting.
Steve Switzer, superintendent, reviewed figures showing that approximately 40 percent of the Pettisville student body resides outside the district.
The student body at Pettisville numbers just over 500 in grades K-12.
The number of students attending under the state of Ohio open enrollment policy runs around 200.
The board offered several reasons why parents outside the district choose Pettisville, including the district’s strong academic standing and a preference for a small school atmosphere.
Michael Lane, high school principal, invited the board to drop in to visit the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club.
The STEM Club meets Thursdays after school, from 3:15-4 pm for junior high students, and 3:15-5 pm for high school.
Advisors are Donna Meller and Marla Miller, teachers. There two adult volunteers, Lynn Miller and John Waidelich.
Lane said the STEM Club involves students in projects like dismantling appliances to see how they work, and writing simple computer codes to program a robot.
He commended Miller and Waidelich for their help, and also recognized Sauder Manufacturing for allowing Waidelich to change his work schedule so he can be available to help students.
Pettisville will host National Honor Society and Staff Appreciation Day, Friday, Feb. 26, at 1:15 p.m. The day will include all K-12 students and staff.
There will be numerous activities to show appreciation to the Pettisville staff.
A new ticketing process will be in place for the spring musical, March 10-13, Lane said.
Those wishing to purchase tickets should be able to do so online or by phoning a dedicated number and leaving a message on voice mail.
The musical “South Pacific” will be performed under the direction of Duane Beck, musical director. Michael Short and Karen Grieser are assistant drama directors.
Ryan Briley is assistant director of music and pit orchestra director.
In his report to the board, Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, said the district received a check from the General Mills Box Tops for Education program.
The check, for $1,746.20, was for the first half of the current school year.
Waldvogel said figures show the district has received $12,844.70 since 2002, when Pettisville began collecting the box tops.–D.J. Neuenschwander