Steve Switzer, superintendent of the Pettisville Local School District, has been named the recipient of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators’ Warren Russell Leadership Award.
Switzer received the award during the BASA Fall Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Columbus.
Switzer was selected because he was instrumental in researching and promoting the expansion of the Ohio School Facilities Commission project, which has benefited many Ohio school districts.
The award, established in 2003, was created to honor the memory of Warren Russell, deputy executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, and an educational leader in Ohio.
Information from the Pettisville school district states Switzer promoted specific legislation that allowed open-enrollment students to be counted in the OSFC formula that established the state-local match for OSFC school construction projects.
For Pettisville, counting open-enrollment students reduced the local match from 39% of the cost of a new building to 18%. In dollar terms, the change in the law saved the district $4.5 million if voters approve a building project.
Voters in the Pettisville School District are being asked to approve a 7.86 mill levy for the construction of a new prekindergarten through-12th grade building on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.