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Pettisville School Board In Talks With Architects




Pettisville school board interviewed members of two architectural firms at a lengthy work session following the Monday night, Aug. 13 board meeting.

The firms made presentations and were interviewed about a possible school facility project the district is considering through the Ohio School Facilities Commission program.

The OSFC program uses state money to finance new school construction. A school building project that meets the requirements of the OSFC master plan would qualify for state funding, with the amount of local dollars needed determined by a state formula based on factors such as enrollment and district valuation.

The OSFC program requires that local voters approve a bond issue to pay for a portion of the project.

Both firms presented qualifi- cations and services they would provide should they be hired.

Steve Switzer, Pettisville district superintendent, said the board will look at all options for a building project, including renovating the present one, constructing a new building on another site, or building on the present site.

The last option would involve keeping a portion of the present building and demolishing some of the older portions to allow room for new construction.

In one presentation, a firm recommended a lengthy process of gathering input from the school staff and district residents, with a target of having the district put a bond issue on the ballot in November 2008 for the local portion of the project costs.

No action was taken following the work session.

Chris Lee, district treasurer, said there are plans to question other school districts that have completed building projects about their assessment of the architectural firms under consideration.

Lunch

Elementary lunches are $1.85; high school $2; adults $2.50; breakfast $1.25; half pint of milk 35¢.

The board approved several supplemental contracts for the school year. Roberta Yoder and Duane Beck will be student council advisors.

Contracts were approved for four volleyball coaches: Tim Meyer, freshmen; Megan Barnaby, JV; Keith Bruner, eighth grade; and Lori Frey, seventh grade.

Bully Policy

The board approved a new policy regarding bullying. The policy defines bullying as “intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical acts by a student or groups intending to harass, intimidate, injure, ridicule, or humiliate.”

Such behavior is prohibited on school grounds, adjacent to school grounds during any school-sponsored activity, on school transportation, or at any official school bus stop.

Students and parents may file reports regarding bullying, and those found guilty of such acts will be dealt with by the building principal.

Next school board meeting is Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. in the school library.- D. J. Neuenschwander


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