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Enrollment Down 3.9% At Pettisville Schools

The number of students enrolled in the Pettisville Local School District is down about 4%.

The Pettisville school board reviewed preliminary enrollment figures during its Monday, Oct 8 meeting.

The numbers, which have not been proofread or submitted, show the district with 517 students enrolled from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. That’s down 21, or 3.9%, from 538 last year.

The drop in enrollment will cost the district, one of Ohio’s smallest, an estimated $120,000 in state funds.

Some of the enrollment drop is attributed to the fact that last year’s graduating class had 12 students more than this year’s kindergarten class.

Open enrollment numbers also were down 13 students from last year. Figures show that this year Pettisville has 172 open enrollment students, approximately onethird of its student body.

Days Off For Students

Students at Pettisville could get some extra days off while teachers work on improving their teaching skills.

The board approved plans to request three ‘waiver days’ from the Ohio Department of Education for the purpose of professional development for the teaching staff.

If approved by the state, students would be off Monday, Nov. 26, Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Tuesday April 2. Teachers would be required to attend special training on those days.

The proposed training is part of the federal Race to the Top grant program.

The board also approved four early release days for teacher training as well.

Pettisville students will be sent home two hours early on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 18, and Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-9.

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, said on those days teachers will be offered the opportunity to attend workshops to help them understand and implement new standards and assessment methods.

The training also will prepare teachers to use new technology and information systems to assist them in educating students.

Carla Hartz, a first grade teacher, told the board about her involvement with Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for female educators.

The group promotes high standards of education and supports educational charitable projects around the world.

Hartz told the board that last year, the group supplied funds to build three schools in Vietnam, and that it is working to raise funds to build a school in a small, poor community in Peru.

Hartz said the local chapter of the organization held its September meeting at Pettisville School so mem- bers could tour the new facility.

The board held an executive session to discuss the purchase or sale of property. No action followed.

Special Session

The next board meeting is a special session, Monday, Oct. 29, 7 pm, in the school conference room.

The primary purpose is to discuss and act on an updated five-year financial forecast prepared by Chris Lee, district treasurer.

The special session will probably replace the normal November meeting, since board members will attend the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference.– D.J. Neuenschwander

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