The Pettisville School Board agreed to trade two old school buses and more than $78,000 in cash for a new bus at a special meeting, Wednesday, June 26.
The primary reason for the special session was to approve the bus bid so the vehicle could be ordered.
It should arrive prior to the start of the new school year.
The board approved purchasing a 2014 model 84- passenger Blue Bird bus. It agreed to trade in Bus No. 4, a 1985 bus, and Bus No. 10, a 1997 bus.
The board received allowances of $1,800 and $2,500, respectively, for the two buses.
The bus will cost the district $78,185.43 after discounts and trade-ins.
The district received a $200 discount for paying early.
In other business, the board approved splitting the fourth grade class for the next year into two sections.
Additional students enrolled for the coming year bring the fourth grade to 30 students, making it appropriate to add the second section.
The board also approved hiring Lacee Lovins to fill the new position of fourth grade math/science teacher.
Lovins graduated in May from Bowling Green State University, completing her studies with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
She is a graduate of Wauseon High School and did her student teaching at Pettisville last year.
There will be several other changes in the elementary school as teachers move to new roles.
Jodi Yeager will return from a year’s leave of absence to teach third grade.
Jadea Wixom will assume the other third grade teaching position. She previously taught fifth and sixth grade language arts.
Jodi Walker will move from fourth grade to take the position vacated by Wixom.
Board members were told interviews should begin soon for the junior high social studies/English position. The position opened with the resignation of Jenn King.
A paraprofessional classroom aide post is still open.
The board learned that bids for the South Athletic Fields project were higher than expected.
The project was reworked to make it affordable.
Several items were removed from the project, including the batting cage, Little League warning track, and using the pond water for irrigation.
Plans were also changed for the softball dugout to reduce the cost, and a stone access drive and fence cap were removed from the project.
The new estimated cost for the project is $417,000, although several alternate bid items could raise the cost another $35,000.
Projections say money from the permanent improvement fund and money that is expected to be returned to the district from the matching funds for the new school project would cover the cost of the South Fields project.
The project will replace the field the district lost when the new school was constructed.
The district hopes to expand the area to include a playground, an additional soccer field, restrooms, and a concession stand.
The next board meeting is Monday, July 8, 7:30 p.m., in the school conference room. –D.J. Neuenschwander