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Pettisville Board Offers Contract To Treasurer




Pettisville School Board offered a four-year contract Monday night to Christopher Lee to continue as the district treasurer and chief financial officer.

Lee was hired in 2005 following the retirement of long-time treasurer Avon Wyse.

The contract did not include a new salary, since it is set by the board each year in June. The new salary becomes effective July 1, 2008, along with other administrative salaries.

The contract was given following a brief executive session that lasted about seven minutes.

The board approved three supplemental contacts for current faculty members.

Two contracts were offered to John Horning, health and physical education teacher, to serve as head of the weight training programs and to direct a summer volleyball clinic.

Edwin Bracken, who teaches history and government, will serve as advisor to the new mock trial team. This is the first time Pettisville has entered mock trial competition.

Facility Update

Steve Switzer, district superintendent, reported that the Ohio School Facilities Commission is preparing changes to allow Pettisville to speed up its building project plans.

New provisions allow districts like Pettisville with high open enrollment figures to be eligible for funding in the coming fiscal year, rather than wait.

Switzer said this will allow the board to consider a ballot issue for the building project for the November 2008 election.

Michael Lane, high school principal, said the cross country team had “a terrific season filled with electricity.” He recognized Tom Wagner and the assistant coaches for their dedication to Pettisville’s running programs.

To honor the cross country team’s seventh-place finish at the state meet, team members will be first in the lunch line for seven days.

Lane said the annual public pep rally, Thursday, Nov. 15, will open the basketball season.

Bird Walk Results

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, reported the annual bird walk fund-raiser collected $11,586.89.

The funds will be used for classroom instructional resources and manipulatives, with emphasis on science, and student awards.

Waldvogel reported a change in the homework policy for fifthand sixth-grade students. Previously, if a student had 16 late assignments in a quarter, a student was suspended for a day of school and had to attend the Alternative Learning Center in Wauseon. The new policy calls for students in such circumstances to be assigned a day of Saturday School.

Jessica Gracia, a 2001 Pettisville graduate who earned an education degree from Bowling Green State University, will fill a maternity leave as the gifted math and special education teacher. Gracia has served as a substitute in numerous classrooms, as a migrant education teacher, and preschool teacher.

Bob Fawcett, representing Schools of Ohio Risk-Sharing Authority, discussed insurance.

Insurance costs the district $18,220 annually for building, liability and fleet insurance, and $306,238 for health insurance for employees.

The board portion of the health insurance costs rose 12.49% this year. There are 24 single policies, and 20.83 family policies.

Twice in the past five years health insurance costs have increased by more than 23%.

No action was taken regarding insurance coverage.

Scouts

Eight boy scouts from Archbold and Pettisville school districts attended to observe the proceedings as part of their work on a citizenship merit badge. The board took a brief recess to talk to the scouts.

The board also approved a contract with the Fulton County Health Department to provide nursing and other health services for the school year.

The board will be responsible for 85% of the cost of the service, with the Health Department assuming the remainder of the cost.

Next board meeting is Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30 pm. , following a Christmas dinner- D. J. Neuenschwander


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