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Pettisville Teacher Takes Second Leave Of Absence

Catherine Mielke, a junior high school teacher in the Pettisville School District, was granted a second oneyear leave of absence by the district school board during its Monday, Sept. 10 meeting.

Mielke, an English and social studies teacher, was injured in a Nov. 14, 2009, auto accident on her way to Dayton when her car collided head-on with another vehicle on St. Rt. 48.

The collision left her with two broken ankles.

In 2010, she spent much of her school day teaching from a wheelchair.

Jenn King was named as a long-term substitute for Mielke, the second year she’s held the post.

In other personnel issues, Barb Stuckey was approved for a part-time teaching position that is funded by a grant. Stuckey will assist in classrooms four hours a day.

Supplemental contracts were approved for King, freshman class advisor; guidance counselor Jacinta Nafziger, five days extended time; and Kendra Stahl who moves from varsity girls basketball assistant coach to eighth grade girls basketball coach.

Stahl also coaches varsity softball. She requested the change due to overlaps in the schedule for the two varsity sports.

Report Cards

Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, told the board the district is working to develop a new report card that will tie in with the new common core standards.

The current report cards already use a standardsbased format, but will be updated to the new standards.

Waldvogel also discussed legislative changes that strengthened the third-grade reading guarantee, outlining how districts would handle situations when a student is identified as not on track in reading skills.

“In the past our students have done well,” Waldvogel said.

“The new legislation is designed to make sure any students who fall behind receive help.”

New Students

Waldvogel said Pettisville has 16-18 new students in the elementary, not including kindergarten students, and those students will be invited to a special “get acquainted” luncheon next week hosted by Nancy Rupp, elementary guidance counselor.

The next board meeting is Monday, Oct. 8, 7 pm, in the school conference room. All board meetings are open to the public.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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