The Pettisville School Board took steps to eliminate some of the last items from the old Pettisville School building at its Monday, March 26 meeting.
Most of the old school was torn down during the summer of 2011, as the new school neared completion.
The board approved disposing of the items by donation, salvaging, or through a garage sale or auction.
A large donation of unneeded desks and tables was made to a school in West Liberty, Ky., that was severely damaged in a recent tornado.
T.D. Beck Trucking, a company owned by Tom Beck, a Pettisville School Board member, delivered the items to the Kentucky school. The company donated its services.
The board also moved to authorize the treasurer to close inactive accounts assigned to classes who have already graduated.
If funds remain six months after a class has graduated, the treasurer is now authorized to transfer them to a high school account that is used to provide guest speakers, pay National Honor Society expenses, provide incentives for academic success, and similar items. New Orleans Trip
The Pettisville music department submitted a request to the school board for permission to plan a trip to New Orleans in 2013 for the band and choir.
The music department generally plans such trips every other year. The request was approved by a unanimous vote.
Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, reported to the board that this year’s magazine subscription sale was up from the previous year.
Total sales came to $14,466, an increase of $562.
Waldvogel also told the board about an ongoing project involving sixth graders. The students collect specific recyclable items for the Terra Cycle Project.
The goal is to eliminate waste by creating products out of material that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill.
Pettisville students collect items like chip bags, candy wrappers, and drink pouches, which are sorted and shipped to the company. The school receives two cents for each item sent in.
In the past year and a half, the sixth graders have earned $1,252.70.
Some of the funds are used to fund a special ‘senior trip’ for the sixth graders before they leave the elementary.
Waldvogel said the Pettisville students have collected 22,032 chip bags, placing them in the top 100 groups nationwide out of over 9,500 groups that are participating. They also collected 9,363 drink pouches and 3,829 candy wrappers.
Kindergarten registration is this week at Pettisville, with screening scheduled for Thursday.
Pettisville has joined other area districts in providing all day kindergarten. Students can still register for kindergarten if they live in the district. Open enrollment applications will be accepted until classes are full.
Following the regular board meeting, the board continued in a work session.
All school board members were present, and all votes were unanimous.
The next board meeting is Monday, April 9, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander