The Pettisville School Board learned preliminary figures show enrollment is up during its Monday, Sept. 9 meeting.
Steve Switzer, superintendent, told the board early figures show the district’s enrollment stands at 531 students, an increase of 18 from last year.
The figures include 32 new students enrolled in grades one through six, and 12 new students in grades seven through 12.
Open enrollment students increased 14 to bring the total number of incoming open enrollment students to 189, or just over 35% of the student body.
The number of outgoing open enrollment students fell from 45 last year to 32 for 2013-14.
Switzer said another good sign is the kindergarten class stands at 37, the largest incoming class in five years.
“The last four years have been a bit of a roller coaster,” Switzer said, “with enrollment going up and down.
“At this point, things are breaking in a positive direction this year.”
The only negative figure in the preliminary attendance count, Switzer said, was that the resident student count fell to 379 from the previous year’s 395.
Switzer told the board that the district needed an increase in resident students (students whose families reside in the district) in order to qualify for additional state funding.
Kent Buehrer of the Buehrer Group, the architectural firm for the new school project, came to the meeting to present a plaque to the board that represents the Pettisville school receiving a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The award recognizes that the new school was designed and built to be energy-effi- cient and rely on clean energy sources.
In a matter related to the building, the board authorized the district to seek bids for repair work needed on the flooring in the elementary school portion of the building which is just over two years old.
The repairs will be cofunded under the Ohio School Facilities Commission project since it was determined that the floor was not properly sealed before the tiles were installed, and a different adhesive should have been used.–D.J. Neuenschwander