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Pettisville School Board Approves New Contracts

The Pettisville School Board dealt with personnel matters during its Monday, Aug. 19 meeting.

The board offered a one-year contract to Carla Davis as an educational aide. She replaces Deb Herring, who resigned.

Davis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management from Bluffton University, and has served as an aide in the preschool at Archbold for the past three years.

The board also approved offering contracts to Michael Short and Duane Beck for the 2019 fall play.

Short will serve under a pupil personnel contract as play director and set director. Beck will serve under a supplemental contract as assistant play director.

Pettisville has 10 new employees, including three new teachers: Alexis King, first grade; Kisha Genter, intervention; and Jamie Fox, special education.

Dawn McKibben was hired as a 3/5 time speech and language pathologist. Victoria Jordan is the new elementary counselor.

Deana Beck will serve as an aide in special education classrooms.

Shelly Schramm is the library manager, Sandra Blackwood is the head cook, and Gabe Jaramillo is a new bus driver.

Substitutes

The board also approved a list of substitutes for various non-teaching positions.

Diane Nafziger, Randy Nafziger, Brad Rufenacht, Chad Kruse, Jared Wanemacher, Sandra Blackwood, Carl Hamilton, and Mike Zimmerman are substitute bus drivers. Other classified substitutes approved include Amanda Crawford, Heidi Klingensmith, Kristi Fenicle, Paula King, Phil Rychener, and Dave Ripke.

Teaching substitutes will be chosen from the list of approved substitutes provided by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.

The board approved a list of bus routes. The list designates bus stops and assigns pupils to their normal bus stops.

Each pupil will be required to use a specific school bus stop, except in unusual circumstances as approved by Steve Switzer, superintendent, or transportation personnel.

The board authorized Switzer to make adjustments and relocate bus stops as needed.

Turbine Down

In his report, Switzer said the wind turbine has been down since Tuesday, July 2, when a storm damaged the turbine controller.

Mike Zimmerman, district technology coordinator, contacted Aeronautica, which determined the part to be replaced.

School officials received a quote to replace the unit on Thursday, July 18. The district agreed to the cost of $3,450.

Zimmerman will install the part himself to save installation costs.

The company was ‘in transition’ and there was a delay in ordering the part, but district officials were told the unit was shipped last week and should arrive in the next few days.

School officials hope the wind turbine will be back up and running shortly after the unit arrives.

Summer Projects

Various summer projects were completed.

The safety and security film on entrances and selected windows was replaced, since the original product was faulty.

Wood chips on the playground were also replaced with pea gravel, and the pavement was sealed and relined. The play area to the north was also seeded with grass. Total cost of playground improvements was around $18,000.

The drainage project near the front of the school was completed.

The drainage along the north wall was improved, the wall was recoated and insulated, and the landscaping was replaced. The total cost was about $28,000.

That project was co-funded through the School Facilities project.

New reading lofts were constructed for the two kindergarten classrooms. The lofts were built by Shawn Liechty, a district employee. The lofts have reading and play areas under and above.

All board members were present for the 7 am meeting, which had been rescheduled from the normal time and date due to scheduling conflicts and the need to approve bus routes.

The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 9, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander