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Bruner Named Pettisville School Board President

Dan Bruner was reelected as president at the organizational meeting of Pettisville School Board, Monday night, Jan. 8.

Brent King was reelected as vice president.

Bruner has served on the school board for 23 years, and begins his second term as president.

Brent King, who is starting his third year, will also serve a second term as vice president.

The election of officers followed the administering of the oath of office to newly elected member Brent Hoylman, and to reelected members John King and Rick Graber.

The board will continue to meet at 7 pm on the second Monday of the month, with the exception of November, when it will meet on the first Monday to allow board members to attend the state school board conference in Columbus the following week.

Board meetings will be moved to 8 pm during the summer months of June, July, and August.

Other organizational matters were approved, including participation in federal title programs, assigning special duties to the superintendent, and setting the treasurer bond.

As part of the regular meeting, the board authorized the purchase of two new buses.

The purchase will be made through the Ohio Schools Council cooperative bus purchasing program.

The district plans to purchase a full-size 84-passenger diesel bus at an approximate cost of $92,136 before trade-in allowance.

The second bus purchase is a 30-passenger Micro Bird bus equipped with wheelchair tracks to allow it to transport students in wheelchairs.

The cost for that bus is estimated at $60,975 before trade-in allowance.

Purchasing them through the cooperative bus purchase program allows the district to save the cost of advertising and bidding for the buses and speeds up the process, which should allow additional savings due to an expected bus price increase.

Steve Switzer, superintendent, reviewed the list of items that are still outstanding on the school facility project.

The list includes an additional boiler to serve as a backup, electrical and lighting issues, cell signal boosters for safety reasons, and some issues with drainage and sinkholes in the parking lot, along with a few others.

A meeting is scheduled for today, Wednesday, with the project consultant and architect to plan to close out the building project.

Switzer invited any board members who are available to join the meeting.

Switzer also shared that the wind turbine for the district generated over one million kilowatts in 2017, the second year the turbine has topped the one million mark.

The total value of the electricity generated was $103,704, according to figures he provided.

For the five years the Pettisville turbine has been generating electricity, Switzer said the total value to the district is $324,276.

Switzer also presented the board with figures on natural gas usage and how it was affected by the adjustments made to the geothermal system.

In January 2017, the district hired Ryan Kopko, a consultant, to help adjust the systems to save the district money.

Switzer’s figures showed that those adjustments reduced the use of natural gas in the main building from 66% to 52% of all gas used by the district.

All board members were present, and all board votes were unanimous.

The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., in the school conference room.

Meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to address the board is asked to contact the school office in advance to be put on the agenda.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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