The Pettisville School Board approved a list of 43 candidates for graduation at its regular board meeting, Monday, May 22.
Michael Lane, high school principal, said the candidates are an “outstanding group of young men and women moving on to the next level.”
Commencement is Sunday, May 28, 2:30 pm.
The teachers at Pettisville will receive new laptops this year. Estimated cost is $45,000.
Mike Zimmerman, technology coordinator, recommended the purchase, stating he believes the faster speeds and increase in responsiveness of new machines will result in teachers “gaining instructional time.”
Zimmerman said students will also see an increase in computer quality, because the teachers’ current laptops will be re-purposed for student use.
In personnel matters, the board approved hiring a new social studies teacher.
Myra Frazer was recommended for a one-year contract. She will replace Ed Bracken, who is retiring.
Frazer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from Bowling Green State University, and is completing a master’s degree in education at the University of Toledo. She will be licensed for grades 4-12 in social studies.
The board accepted the resignation of Richard Nyce as head soccer coach. Nyce was instrumental in creating the soccer program.
He has served in various capacities in the program since 1992.
Barnaby Wyse will replace Nyce as head varsity soccer coach, and Andrew Switzer will serve as junior varsity soccer coach.
Lane said both have a “wealth of knowledge, experience as coaches and mentors, and will move the program forward.”
The board also added a 25- year step for janitors because a current janitor will qualify for that level this year. Barb Bongiorno has served as a janitor at Pettisville for the past 25 years.
Dave Disbrow was hired as assistant custodian. Disbrow has already served three years as a janitor, and had two years of other equivalent service.
The board approved placing Disbrow at the step 5 level on the pay scale.
Two student workers also were hired for the summer. Austin Horning and Jordan Skates were hired on an asneeded basis.
The board approved numerous policy updates. The updates were recommended by NEOLA, the consulting firm hired by the district to keep its policies updated and in line with current laws and regulations.
Some recommended policy changes were rejected, including ones that would prohibit the district from spending public funds for refreshments and rewards for staff and students.
In his report, Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, reviewed recent activities and reported on the fourth grade students’ participation in a recent Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics meeting.
The students were invited to start the meeting at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center by demonstrating and discussing the robots they built.
Waldvogel said the students did a great job, and their presentation was very well received.
In his high school report, Lane reviewed the accomplishments of students at the State FFA Convention and State Science Day.
Lane also talked about the senior volunteer day at Sauder Village, when the seniors worked to help prepare the Village for the opening of the season.
During the district report, Steve Switzer, superintendent, said the board will present the first of a new award created to honor Pettisville graduates with high achievements in their careers or other areas.
The first Circle of Excellence award will be presented to Jeffrey Kruse, a United States Air Force major general, at an assembly Friday morning, 9 am, in the varsity gymnasium. The public is invited.
Switzer said, “In an organization of 750,000 members, only 50 or so have a higher rank than Kruse. That is quite an accomplishment.”
Kruse also will speak at the Pettisville Memorial Day Service at the Pettisville Cemetery, Monday, May 29, 11 a.m.