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Pettisville School District In Line For More State Building Money

Legislation currently pending in the Ohio House of Representatives could lower the cost of a new school building for property owners in the Pettisville Local School District.

The Pettisville School board met for a brief regular session Tuesday evening, April 15, followed by an extended work session to discuss issues related to the proposed building project.

The board has been exploring construction of a new school building. The bulk of the money for the project would come from the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

The state commission was created to help school districts in economically-deprived areas build new schools.

Steve Switzer, Pettisville district superintendent, said under current OSFC legislation, district taxpayers would be required to pay a 38% share of the cost of a new school.

But on March 11, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 273 and sent it to the House of Representatives the following day.

The bill creates a new “alternate” list of schools and their ranking for new buildings. If that list is used, Pettisville’s local match would be 18% rather than 38%.

A spokesman for the office of Bruce Goodwin, state representative (R-Defiance), said the bill has been sent to the finance committee. It has not been assigned a hearing date.

On The Ballot

Switzer said the original plan was to ask voters to approve a bond issue to pay for the local share this November.

That could be pushed back to May, or even November, of 2009, to take advantage of the alternate list, he said.

Current plans call for the district to construct a new school building behind the current facility, then demolish a large portion of the current building, leaving intact the addition that includes the gymnasium and library.

At the work session, the board heard presentations from firms that would provide legal and fi- nancial services related to the proposed facility.

Representatives were present from Bricker and Eckler, a legal firm, who would advise the school board on construction issues and bond issues related to funding the project.

Regular Session

The board approved supplemental contracts for individuals involved in the recent musical production of The Wiz:

Duane Beck, drama and set director; Becky Dadisman, drama director; Roberta Yoder, music and orchestra pit director; Jami Haswell, choreographer.

The board approved a resolution to plan and operate, with the assistance of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, a preschool classroom in any new facility that the district may construct.

The plan for a preschool class would be contingent on need and procuring appropriate funding.

All board members were present. Next meeting is May 12, 7 p.m. in the school library.- D. J. Neuenschwander

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