The Pettisville School Board accepted a bid of $494,800 for construction of athletic fields, Friday, July 12.
The board took the action during its July meeting, held at 7 am.
The athletic fields will be built on property the district owns on the south side of Co. Rd. D, south of the new school building.
The winning bidder was Mac Athletics of Minster.
The only other bidder was Miller Bros. Construction of Archbold, which submitted a $555,000 bid, $60,200 more than the winning bid.
The project includes replacing the softball field that was demolished to make way for the new school and playground.
The new softball field will include a mesh backstop and irrigation system, along with partially-recessed concrete dugouts.
The Little League and Pony League fields also will be constructed, as well as an additional soccer field.
The cost of the project was reduced due to donations from local companies.
Rupp Seeds of Wauseon is donating the grass seed, and M&R Redi Mix of Pettisville is donating approximately $10,000 of concrete.
In addition to the sports fields, there will be space allocated for a playground.
Steve Switzer, superinten- dent, said when funds are available, the playground equipment that was removed from the old school site will be re-constructed on the new site.
The cost of the project does not include bleachers or scoreboards, which will be installed later by the district.
Money for those projects will come from other funds.
In other business, the board approved hiring Hanna Beck Dymarkowski for the new paraprofessional position in the high school.
Dymarkowski is a graduate of Pettisville High School and Spring Arbor College. She taught third grade last year to cover a leave of absence taken by Jodi Yeager.
The annual bus inspection found that two need minor repairs.
One bus had a leak in a line, and one needed additional padding in several seats.
The next school board meeting is Monday, Aug. 12, 7:30 pm., in the school conference room.
All board meetings are open to the public, and those wishing to address the board should contact the school office in advance to be placed on the agenda. –D.J. Neuenschwander