Michael Lane, Pettisville High School principal, was approved for a five-year contract at the Monday, March 11, school board meeting.
His new contract includes a $111,612 salary for the 2019-20 school year, in accordance with the 3% pay increase offered all district employees.
Lane is completing 17 years at Pettisville. His new contract extends through 2024.
The contract was approved following an executive session that lasted for one hour and 21 minutes.
Also following the executive session, the board approved an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The state requires the EOP be renewed every three years.
As part of meeting the requirement, a meeting was held with an advisory committee that included representatives of various first responder organizations.
In other personnel action, the board accepted the resignation for the purpose of retirement of longtime Pettisville first grade teacher Barbara Stahl.
Stahl taught for 42 years, serving 38 years at Pettisville.
Steve Switzer, superintendent, said he appreciated Stahl’s “kind and gentle nature with our students, and her nurturing care for so many first graders at the start of their school careers.”
Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, said Stahl “went above and beyond what is required of teachers. She will be missed.”
The board approved the hiring of Sandra Blackwood as the new head cook. Blackwood replaces Margo Bostelman after a search that lasted more than four months.
Bostelman’s resignation was accepted at the Oct. 24, 2018 meeting, with an Oct. 12 effective date. She was hired in August 2017.
Blackwood previously served as executive director of the Henry County Senior Center and served as head cook at Tinora High School for seven years. She also managed several restaurants.
Switzer thanked the current cafeteria staff for “stepping up to the challenge and keeping the cafeteria running without missing a beat for the past 4 1/2 months.”
Two parents attended the board meeting to question the policy regarding prom attendance.
Lucas and Eloisa Hernandez questioned why their son, a sophomore, was turned down to attend prom after he was invited by a Pettisville student.
Lane said the student handbook says anyone other than juniors or seniors must have special permission to attend even if invited as a date of a Pettisville junior or senior.
The policy includes both younger students and those who are older and out of school.
Lane agreed to meet with the couple to discuss the issue.
Waldvogel told the board magazine sales were completed. Total income was $16,975, a slight decrease from the previous year.
Waldvogel also said 36 students have registered for kindergarten screening on Friday, April 5. Late registration will be held in May.
The Blackbird Pantry program, designed to help district families by providing food, hygiene, coats and school supplies, plans a drive to restock food and hygiene items.
Monetary donations will also be accepted. Those wishing to donate should make checks payable to “Pettisville Schools-Blackbird Pantry.”
The elementary held “Reading Celebration Week,” March 1-8. Activities included dress-up days, read alouds, and a reading challenge.
Students were challenged to read a total of 42,000 minutes at school. They exceeded the goal by reading a total of 51,962 minutes.
Students will be rewarded following spring break.
In his high school report, Lane said Pettisville senior Josh Bock represented the school at the Franklin B. Walter Banquet at Northwest State Community College.
Bock was recognized for his outstanding academic career that includes a 4.0 grade point average and an “excellent ACT score,” Lane said.
The event allows students to choose a teacher that had the greatest impact on them. Bock chose Donna Meller, PHS science teacher.
Lane also talked about the success of Pettisville students at the regional Northwest Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, Saturday, March 9.
Jessica McWatters placed second, and will present her project at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May.
Madeline Shumaker placed fifth and can present her research at the State University of New York/Terra Olympian event.
Other students who participated included Baden Skates, Kate Roth, and Elise Hoylman. All placed in their divisions and won numerous sponsored awards.
All actions of the board were unanimous, and all board members were present.
The next is Monday, April 8, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander