The Pettisville School Board approved contracts for five teachers during its Monday, Sept. 9 meeting.
Rebecca Dorosz will serve as freshman class advisor, and Megan Reinhart is the seventh grade advisor.
Jacinta Nafziger was granted five days extended time, and Jason Mansfield will serve as a mentor teacher to Lacee Lovins, a new teacher in the elementary school.
Three teachers moved up on the pay scale due to increased educational credit.
Duane Beck and Roberta Yoder both moved to Masters+ 15 level. Mansfield moved to Bachelors+150.
The board also approved a lengthy list of substitutes for bus driver and staff positions, including several new substitute bus drivers.
District lunch, milk and breakfast prices remain unchanged. The number of students qualifying for free and reduced priced lunches fell slightly.
Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, reported that 14 students signed up for the breakfast program, which served the morning meal for the first time this week.
Waldvogel said 18 students were enrolled in the gifted and talented math program.
The program offers additional instruction to students whose test results indicate they are gifted in math.
Students in each grade take from six to nine standardized tests each year, Waldvogel said.
Some of the tests are administered one-on-one; others are taken by the entire class.
Substitute teachers have been used to help provide the monitors and test administrators needed for all the required tests.
Michael Lane, high school principal, told the board how proud he was of the Pettisville teaching staff and the way they have handled all the changes that are required under new state and federal initiatives in education.
“They are doing an excellent job implementing the changes that are needed under the new initiatives,” Lane said.
Race To The Top
Lane also credited Pettisville’s participation in the Race To The Top program with helping fund some of the training and equipment that helped the teachers implement the changes.
He said the district has been able to pay for training, computers, and software out of the Race To The Top funds that will help Pettisville “stay on top of the curve” when implementing the required changes.
All board members were present, and all votes were unanimous.
The next board meeting is Monday, Oct. 7, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander