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Building, Turbine Topics At Pettisville School Board



The list of problems with the new school building is getting shorter, Steve Switzer, superintendent, told the Pettisville School Board, at its Monday, Jan. 14 meeting.

Problems school district of- ficials are working on:

•Substandard lighting under the sound booth in the school cafeteria.

•Problems with balance in the ventilation system.

•Problems with heating and cooling the gym.

•Issues with natural gas usage, and the operation of the new natural gas boiler.

•Problems with the floor covering cracking, and adhesive issues on the east side of the elementary school wing.

•Issues with terrazzo floors.

•Water flowing over the eaves in a hard rain.

Switzer said school offi- cials will continue to meet with contractors to resolve the problems.

Turbine

Switzer said the wind turbine project is “winding down, and an end is in sight.”

The 750-kilowatt wind turbine is expected to supply most of the electrical needs of the school building.

The district is tentatively planning a dedication for the wind turbine in late February to be held in conjunction with one at Archbold High School, Switzer said.

Officials will attend a ceremony at Archbold in the morning.

It will be followed by a luncheon, and then the Pettisville ceremony in the afternoon.

The dual dedication highlights the cooperative partnership between the two districts as they pursued the wind turbine projects using federal and state grant funding.

Switzer told board members the energy management system in the remaining portion of the old school building (the media center, small gym, and study hall) failed last week.

The energy management system was more than 25 years old. It could not be repaired.

District officials agreed to spend $6,837 with Fitzenrider, Inc., Defiance, to install a new system that will work with the system in the new building.

They also approved an additional $1,989 to convert the controls in the older portions of the building from old-style pneumatic to electric.

Personnel

The board held an executive session to discuss employment and compensation of employees.

The session lasted one hour and 45 minutes.

When the board returned to regular session action was taken on several matters.

The board approved support staff incremental increases to employees at or beyond experience levels at Pettisville that were not covered by salary schedules.

New salary schedules were established to cover Brenda Aeschliman, head cook, and Chris Lee, district treasurer.

In addition, the board approved paying Lee for up to 20 days of unused vacation time.

A contract was approved for services to students with disabilities.

Wauseon Exempted Village Schools and Pike Delta York Local Schools will provide services to disabled students under the contract.

The board also approved a measure that will allow the school superintendent to dispose of a planer that is no longer needed by the district.

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

The next Pettisville School Board meeting is Monday, Feb. 11, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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Happiness…it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.– Franklin D. Roosevelt



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