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Choir, Band, Other Classes To Return To Pettisville Schools

Choir, the Noteworthy show choir, band, and jazz band– courses that were canceled at Pettisville Schools this school year due to COVID restrictions– will return next year.

That’s what Mike Lane, high school principal, told the Pettisville School Board at its Tuesday, March 2 meeting.

Lane said, “We would like to continue with the elective classes in theatre and music appreciation that have received positive support from students this year when they replaced choir and band.”

Dance If Permitted

Pettisville is still working on plans for prom and awaits further guidance from the governor’s office and the Fulton County Health Department on whether the school will be permitted to have a dance.

“If the kids are permitted to dance, we will have a dance,” Lane said.

Pettisville announced that commencement for the Class of 2021 is Sunday, May 23, in the varsity gymnasium

The event will be “as close to a traditional ceremony as we are permitted, and within the capacity allowance set by the governor and the FCHD.

“Each graduate will be given tickets for their family members,” he said.

It has not yet been decided what the Pettisville schedule will look like for the 2021-22 school year.

Lane said this year, the high school operated on a modified block schedule with students attending four classes each day rather than eight. That reduced the number of transitions between classes and was intended to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

Lane said he is in discussions with teachers about whether to continue with block scheduling or return to a more traditional schedule.

Kindergarten

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, said 24 students are registered for kindergarten for next year.

Those youngsters are scheduled to attend kindergarten screening on Friday, April 9.

In other business, the board approved five volunteer coaches for spring sports: Chris Richer softball; Zach Morrison, Kevin York, Brianne Dammon, and Sarah Foor, track.

The board authorized Je- nae Lammers as an additional signer on the Community Recreation Petty Cash checking account.

Pettisville will once again contract with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the services it provides.

In his report, Ken Boyer, interim superintendent, said staff received the first vaccination for COVID-19 on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Boyer said they will receive the second shot in about three weeks.

He noted that the school has been dealing with COVID 19 for one full year.

The board scheduled a work session for Monday, March 29, 7 pm, to review and discuss possible capital projects.

The next regular meeting is Monday, April 12, 7 pm. Meetings are streamed live with a link provided on the school website. Those wishing to address the board are asked to contact the school office ahead of time to arrange to speak during the Livestream meeting.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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