No one spoke out at a public hearing on the question of whether to allow two PHS teachers to retire, and then be rehired to the same jobs.
The hearing was held during the Monday, May 13 board meeting.
Luann Bacon and John Poulson, PHS teachers, indicated their desire to retire and be rehired to the same positions.
Doing so allows the teachers to draw their State Teacher Retirement System checks, plus a reduced paycheck from the school. Their health insurance would come from STRS, not from the district.
The board will consider rehiring Bacon and Poulson at its next meeting.
Pettisville has one open teaching position for the fall.
Jenn King will not return next year as junior high English and social studies teacher.
The elementary counselor position that was open due to the retirement of Nancy Rupp will be filled by expanding the role of Matt Shumaker, part-time school psychologist, to include the duties.
A list of 47 potential candidates for graduation was approved. Graduation is Sunday, May 26, 2:30 pm.
Michael Lane, high school principal, said, “This senior class is exceptional, and has provided a lot of great leadership for our student body.”
Turbine Figures Good
The figures from the wind turbine continue to be very positive, with the value of electricity produced exceeding $9,000 in both March and April.
Chris Lee, district treasurer, said for the time being, the funds saved on the electricity will be placed either in a maintenance fund or in a fund to pay off the construction bond used to build the turbine.
A gift from Farmers & Merchants Bank will help pay for the website project that includes a web camera associated with the wind turbine.
The website provides information and pictures of the turbine in action.
Pettisville earned gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The LEED program encourages construction that is environmentally responsible and energy-efficient.
The board also reviewed plans for the new athletic fields to be constructed on the south side of the pond on County Road D.
Plans call for a Little League field, Pony League field, softball field, and a soccer field, along with a concession stand and a playground area.
Lane also praised the FFA chapter, saying other schools ask him for advice on how to strengthen their FFA programs.
FFA students recently attended the state FFA convention in Columbus and came back with multiple honors. Full details will be available in a future issue of this newspaper.
Elementary, Other Reports
Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, told the board the second grade class was scheduled to hold its annual consumer fair, yesterday, Tuesday. Proceeds go to the Beth Morr Foundation.
Morr is a former student teacher at Pettisville who currently teaches at Stryker. She is fighting cancer.
Sixty girls attended the first-ever Sweetheart Dance for girls and their fathers or other adult dates. Waldvogel said it was very successful and many asked that it be an annual event.
Pettisville Field Day is Friday, May 17, at the Pettisville Park.
Last week featured the fifth and sixth grade picnic and talent show, which Waldvogel said was very entertaining.
Acts included pogo stick routines, a bullwhip act, ukulele playing, and an interesting and entertaining act that relayed funny facts about frogs.
Following the regular meeting the board went into executive session for the purpose of discussing the employment and compensation of an employee. The session lasted for 30 minutes. No action followed the private meeting.
All members were present and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting is Monday, June 10, 8 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander