Michael Lane, Pettisville High School principal, told members of the Pettisville School Board that a mistake had been detected concerning state report cards.
Lane told the board during its Monday, Nov. 6 meeting that due to the error, the grade and ranking of the school were lower than they should have been.
Lane discussed the error with state officials, requesting a ‘watermark’ be placed in the records to indicate and acknowledge the mistake.
“We don’t live and die by the test scores,” said Steve Switzer, superintendent, “so we won’t let this bother us too much.”
Lane also discussed issues with how the state calculates graduation rates, particularly involving special education students.
“Special education students who choose to get further training to increase their job skills are counted as not graduating for purposes of graduation rate, even though they met all the requirements for graduation,” Lane said.
Switzer and Lane told the board that in the end, their goal is to do what is in the best interest of the students, even if it affects test results or report cards.
Lane said the girls cross country team placed sixth in the state this year in their division.
Lane and Switzer attended the state meet, and were impressed with how hard the students worked to achieve success.
“You see these athletes collapse after crossing the finish line,” Lane said, “and you know they gave every ounce they had to get there.”
Lane commended the coach, Tom Wagner. He told the board, “Coach Wagner gets it. He really does a great job with these athletes.”
In his report, Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, said the elementary school had 90% attendance at the recent parent-teacher conference for students in prekindergarten through fourth grade.
The attendance rate for fifth and sixth grade students is calculated differently, since those students change classes more and have multiple teachers with whom parents can meet.
The board approved Andrew Switzer to serve as assistant quiz team coach for the current school year.
Quiz team participation has skyrocketed, with more than 30 students joining the program. A second coach is needed to practice and attend some of the meets.
The board also approved supplemental contracts for several individuals. Kristen Hogrefe will serve as a seventh grade basketball coach, and Becky Dadisman and Rebecca Dorosz will serve as advisers to the ‘spirit squad,’ which was formed to take the place of cheerleaders for basketball.
The board set Monday, Dec. 11, for a hearing to discuss the 2018-19 school calendar. Matters related to the school calendar will be discussed, but no action will be taken.
S. Switzer also said the Sunday, Nov. 5 storms caused some limited damage at the school athletic fields. Some poles were displaced at the softball field, some pads for the high jump and pole vault were tossed around, and a fence was damaged at the track field. Batting cages also were blown over.
The November meeting was held one week early to allow members to attend the state School Board Association conference in Columbus.
All board members were present, and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting is Monday, Dec. 11, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander