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Pettisville Okays 49 Seniors For Graduation




The Pettisville school board approved 49 candidates to graduate, pending successful completion of all requirements.

The class of 2008 is a large one. The largest graduating class was in 1973 when 56 students received diplomas.

The board considered the date for the 2009 graduation. One suggestion was Friday, May 22, 2009, a change from the traditional Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

However, the date conflicts with the regional track meet. The board agreed to further study.

Personnel

The board approved contracts for 10 teachers and seven support staff:

Rebecca Dorosz, Maggie Enderle, Amy Leppelmeier, Donna Meller, Charles Nafziger, David Ripke and Kelly Vander- Horst were approved for fulltime one-year contracts.

Lisa Aeschliman was approved for half time, and Charlene Lee and Penny McCartney quarter time.

Support staff contracts were offered to Joy Beck, Peg Bruner, Kathy Gruenhagen, Sheri Rychener, Mary Sauder, John Stewart, and Jackie Weirauch. All are on an hourly, as-needed basis.

The board also accepted the resignation of Monica Miller as cheerleader coach. Steve Switzer, Pettisville superintendent, told the board that Pettisville has several open positions for the 2008-2009 school year.

New School

The board took several actions related to the proposed school facility project. They accepted the new enrollment projections that show Pettisville maintaining enrollment at the current level.

Earlier projections had shown a drop in enrollment, which would have affected the size of the building approved for the district under the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Work sessions for the building project were also set for each Wednesday morning in May at 6:30 a.m. at the school, and may include board members, principals, and the district treasurer and superintendent, as well as representatives of the architect firm. Brian Leppelmeier, the school’s athletic director, may attend since he is working on an education administration internship.

The board hired a legal counsel to assist in the building project. Brickler & Eckler will provide construction counsel and bond counsel, and Wachovia as bond underwriters.

Projections call for a bond levy of 5.93 mills to fund the local portion of the $21.4 million dollar project.

The board also approved an increase in the rental amount for property the district rents for parking for the softball diamond. The amount was increased from $70 to $200. The property is rented from Olen Genter.

Next board meeting is Monday, June 9 at 8 p.m. in the school library.- D.J. Neuenschwander


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