Archbold, OH

Pettisville School Board Okays Staff Reduction

The Pettisville School Board approved the elimination of a library position as a cost-saving measure during its Monday, May 14 meeting.

The elimination of the position is effective June 30.

Lorrie Newmister, the current librarian, was told of the possibility. She has indicated her intention to retire rather than be laid off.

Steve Switzer, district superintendent, said the school library will remain open, and will be staffed by an aide rather than a professional librarian.

In addition, the board formally approved eliminating the part-time accounting teacher position that had been held by Char Lee.

Lee knew that the position was likely to be eliminated. She previously submitted her resignation.

The board also approved the elimination of one bus route, a move that was implemented for the 2011-12 school year.

The measures were taken to help hold down costs in the face of a projected negative cash flow for the coming fiscal year.

The district has a levy on the August special election ballot.

If approved, it will double the current income tax for district residents to 2%.

Approve 49 Graduates

In other business, the board approved a slate of 49 potential graduates for the Pettisville Class of 2012.

Pettisville’s commencement ceremony is Sunday, June 10. The ceremony is relatively late this year due to the late start of the school year to allow for the completion of the new school building.

Michael Lane, high school principal, submitted preliminary Ohio Graduation Test scores for Pettisville to the board.

The preliminary results showed Pettisville students passing with a 94% in reading, science and math, 96% in writing, and 92% in social studies.

Worker’s Comp

The board also approved measures that allowed the district to participate in a workers’ compensation group and in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the coming school year.

The next regular board meeting is Monday, June 11, in the school conference room. The board will consider several recommended policies that were distributed Monday night.– D. J. Neuenschwander

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