Pettisville School Board members selected Michael Zimmerman to serve as the new district technology coordinator and network administrator.
The board approved offering Zimmerman a one-year contract at its Monday, Aug. 13 meeting.
Zimmerman is a graduate of Archbold High School. In 2008 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in information systems and a minor in business administration from Mount Union College.
He was previously employed as an information technology specialist at Farmers & Merchants State Bank.
Zimmerman replaces Penelope McCartney, who retired after 44 years in various positions at Pettisville. She was the district’s first and only technology coordinator.
It will be a full-time support staff position.
Information supplied to the board by Steve Switzer, district superintendent, the job has increased due to the new facility and the increased use of technology, requiring the full-time position.
McCartney had previously served as technology coordinator and teacher, with about 65% of her time spent on the technology portion of the job.
In the future, two periods of classroom teaching may be added to the position.
The board also approved a salary schedule for the position. The starting pay will be $49,410, with both a $50 per month cell phone allowance and a reimbursement for home Internet access.
The approved pay scale includes step increases of 3% per year, with 216 working days per year. Step increases reward employees for additional years of experience.
In other personnel matters, the board approved two supplemental contracts for the 2012 volleyball season. Rachel Horning was approved as the freshman volleyball coach, and Laura Rupp will serve as the seventh grade volleyball coach.
The board approved five bus routes for the 2012-13 school year.
Last year, the district cut back from six routes to five as a cost-saving measure.
The district currently owns ten busses, with half kept as spares.
The remainder of the board meeting was spent discussing issues to be resolved with the school facility, which was completed almost one year ago. The board agreed that the top concern was the landscaping issue.
Board members recognized that drought conditions in the area had not helped, but also were concerned that photos taken in early June showed numerous problems.
There are plans to investigate the possibility of filing some claims under the landscape contracts.
Other issues include some pitted concrete, crumbling of a set of exterior steps, issues with flooring, and light and ventilation issues.
John King, board president, expressed dissatisfaction with the sound system in the high school gymnasium, saying that it was not as good as the sound in the former gym in the old building.
The old gym is now used primarily for junior high games and practices.
Switzer said adjustments are still being made to speaker angle and placement to improve the sound in the new gym.
The district is also working to design new athletic fields for the area south of Co. Rd. D.
Plans include two softball fields. Currently, the softball teams have no fields on which to play or practice. Teams have to travel to neighboring towns to use their fields when the home teams are not using them.
Several small issues with the building also remain; they will be addressed at the upcoming 11-month walkthrough with the contractors.
It will be a time to address issues while all warranties are still in full effect.
All board members were present at the meeting, and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander