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Pettisville Students Do Well On State Tests

Pettisville school district students did well on recent Ohio Achievement tests, Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, told the school board at its Monday, July 14 meeting.

Waldvogel said if the test scores become final, all grades exceeded the 85% passing requirement in every area of the tests.

Preliminary results show the six graders passed math and reading at 100%.

The results mean no third grader will need to retake the test to advance.

All Pettisville students who purchase lunches or milk at school will see a price increase during the coming school year.

The cost of a lunch prepared by the school cafeteria will increase by ten cents, with elementary lunches going to $2.45 and high school lunches increasing to $2.60.

Milk prices increase by five cents, with the half-pint container now costing students 50 cents.

Breakfast prices remain unchanged at $1.25.

The board approved a trip for the high school band and choir to Nashville and Memphis, Tenn.

The trip has been an every other-year event. It will take place from March 26 to April 1, 2015.

The board also approved changes to school bylaws and policies, with most to be consistent with changes in state laws.

The board approved expanding the definition of “protected class” under the nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity policy to include sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Other policy changes included revising the school calendar policy and strengthening the privacy protections of those covered under group health plans.

Another policy change involved added a new reason why the board can move into executive session.

A provision in House Bill 59 gives local government bodies the power to go into executive session to discuss economic development projects.

Treasurer Report

In his report, Chris Lee, district treasurer, told the board end-of-the-year figures showed Pettisville had $52,000 more in revenue than expenditures for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The board previously approved loaning money from the general fund to the permanent improvement fund, and that affected the balance for the year.

Lee said overall, the figures were very close to those projected in the five-year forecast.

Steve Switzer, superintendent, asked the board to approve sending a letter to the Fulton County commissioners recognizing their “extra effort put forth for the Pettisville Safe Routes to School” sidewalk project.

The letter also recognizes their willingness to listen to concerns and make modifi- cations.

The board approved sending the letter.

Switzer also asked the board for its input on responses to a survey being taken by the U.S. Postal Service about the status of the Pettisville post office.

The survey offered several options, including reducing the hours by varying amounts or eliminating the office and providing delivery through another neighboring office.

The board approved a response that supported the Pettisville post office remaining open the maximum number of hours offered on the survey.

Building Issues

Several issues regarding the building and grounds were reviewed by the board.

The district has had ongoing problems with standing water in the parking lots. District officials are continuing to look for solutions to that problem.

The south athletic fields are behind schedule but are nearing completion. Some games were held on the fields over the past month.

Additional work remains to add bleachers, a concession stand, and a playground.

Switzer told the board that the numbers were better this year for the wind turbine.

District officials will conduct a study to see if it would be cost effective to convert the boiler used to heat the north portion of the building to electric in order to capture more savings from the turbine.

The study will include a cost analysis to determine the amount that could be saved by conversion of the boiler in relation to the cost of the conversion.

All board members were present, and all votes were unanimous.

The next meeting is Monday, Aug 11, 7:30 p.m., in the school conference room.

All board meetings are open to the public, although those wishing to address the board are requested to call the school office ahead of time to be placed on the agenda.– D.J. Neuenschwander

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