Archbold, OH

Mielke Resigns From Pettisville Schools

Catherine Mielke, a former middle school English and social studies teacher at Pettisville, has resigned.

The Pettisville School Board accepted her resignation at its Monday, March 14 meeting.

Mielke had been on paid leave for the past 4 1/2 years.

District officials have been filling her position with longterm substitute teachers.

She was injured in a Nov. 14, 2009, auto accident in the Dayton area that left her with two broken ankles.

In 2010, she returned to her teaching position, but spent her days teaching from a wheelchair.

In other personnel action, the board approved hiring Nel Rodriguez for the 2016 season as the director of baseball and softball programs, part of the community recreation program. Rodriguez had previous experience teaching and serving as athletic director in private schools.

The position will pay $4,000 plus up to $500 travel expenses.

McCrae Kidston and Kayla King were hired to share the special assistant position in softball. John Horning will fill the same position in the baseball program.


The board approved a tentative calendar for the 2016- 17 school year, agreeing that the calendar would be ‘subject to modification.’

The calendar shows Pettisville starting school on Aug. 23, 2016, and ending the year on June 2, 2017.

The calendar includes a weeklong spring break in March 2017, and eight days for Christmas vacation.

The biggest change in the calendar is the split in parent teacher conferences.

Elementary conferences are Nov. 1 and 3 in the evening, and high school conferences are Nov. 3 and 21 in the evening.

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, said elementary teachers preferred the early conferences.

Mike Lane, high school principal, said the high school teachers thought it might be beneficial to offer the split conferences so parents who wanted to could return and seek additional conference time after monitoring their student for a couple of weeks.

Work, Executive Sessions

Prior to the regular meeting, the board met for a work session to review a manual for school board members issued by the Ohio School Boards Association, and to discuss some of the aspects of the emergency action plan being developed for the district.

Following the regular meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss aspects of the emergency action plan that are kept confidential by federal law. The emergency action plan is not considered a public document.

The next meeting is Monday, April 11, 7 p.m., in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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