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Pettisville Schools Rank 14th In State Performance Index




The Pettisville School Board learned that Pettisville was ranked 14th in the state out of 614 districts on the performance index, an overall composite of all student-testing scores.

The board was given that information at their regular meeting, Monday, Sept. 10.

Last year the district ranked 45th. In 2004-05, Pettisville Schools ranked 91st across Ohio on the performance index.

The district received an excellent rating on the state report card, and was ranked 12th in the state in student attendance.

Steve Switzer, district superintendent, said Pettisville is the 20th smallest district in the state.

“For many years, we were ranked as the seventh smallest district,” he said.

Pettisville moved up on the school size chart ranking due in large part to the addition of students from open enrollment.

“Overall, most of our statistics seem to be trending in the right direction,” Switzer said.

Building Project

The board also authorized the administration to negotiate with the Buehrer Group, Architecture & Engineering, Inc., of Maumee, to contract for architectural services for a possible building project.

The district is considering a major building project that would receive a majority of its funding from the Ohio School Facility Commission program.

Hiring the architectural firm is the next step to proceed with the project.

“The board authorized us to negotiate a contract,” said Switzer.

“The contract will go into effect when the project actually proceeds.”

Other Business

In other business, the board approved hiring three individuals to serve as teacher aides.

Joy Beck will serve as a kindergarten playground aide; Shari Rychener, aide in the learning disability program; and Mary Sauder, classroom special education aide.

The board also approved contracts for Lindsey Strayer to serve as junior high cheerleading coach, and for Rebecca Dorosz to serve as special assistant volleyball coach.

Several teachers advanced on the district’s pay schedule due to the completion of additional education.

Amy Leppelmeier, Jadea Wixom, and Dawn Walsh moved up to the master’s degree-plus 15 hours level.

Brian Leppelmeier moved to the master’s degree level after completing his degree at Bowling Green State University.

The board adopted a public records policy that stipulates records will be made available within “a reasonable amount of time” when requested by the public.

The policy was required by state legislation, and was recommended by the Northwest Ohio Educational Services legal team.

Dan Sauder, board member, will serve as the Pettisville delegate to the Ohio School Board Association conference in November.

Dan Bruner will is the alternate.

The next board meeting is Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. in the school library.- D.J. Neuenschwander


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