Administrators in the Pettisville Local School District are working on plans to “wrap up” their new school project.
During the Monday, Dec. 10 meeting of the Pettisville School Board, Steve Switzer, superintendent, told board members the plans involve buying needed equipment for the new building and some changes or improvements that have been recommended.
The plans include purchasing mowing/snow removal equipment and round banquet tables for use in the theatre. Also on the list are sound system improvements in the auditorium.
Officials are also considering replacing the gas boiler in the remaining portion of the old school with an electric one that could be powered by the wind turbine.
The boiler project is on hold. It will be examined after the turbine is fully operational. The turbine is expected to reach that goal in February 2013.
Once the turbine is fully operational, a study will be done to determine if the electric boiler concept is viable and would result in energy cost savings for the district.
In another matter related to the building project, Switzer said funding for the atrium project was still short about $63,000.
The project was funded through the Pettisville School Foundation.
Nearly $800,000 has been raised in pledges and gifts, with another $54,000 in pledges still outstanding.
That amount still leaves a balance of just over $63,000 to be raised.
The board accepted the retirement of Amy Frey, who has served as school secretary for 30 years.
She also served as transportation coordinator.
Switzer said that when Frey started, she was the only secretary and literally ran the office, handling everything from runny noses to bus accidents to bomb threats with “a class and professionalism that is exemplary.”
Frey will leave at the end of February.
The board also approved a supplemental contract for Rebecca Dorosz to serve as quiz coach, and approved Lucas Nofziger as a junior high boys basketball volunteer.
The board went into executive session for the purpose of performance evaluation for the superintendent and treasurer.
The private, closed-door session lasted 28 minutes. No action followed.
All board members were present, and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 7 pm, in the school conference room. An organizational meeting will be followed by the regular meeting.–D.J. Neuenschwander