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Praise For PHS FFA, FCCLA Chapters At School Board Meeting

Michael Lane, Pettisville High School principal, praised the school FFA chapter for its accomplishments at the state FFA convention, May 5-6.

Lane told the Pettisville School Board at its Monday, May 9 meeting the chapter received the Chapter Trust Award and CROP/Church World Services recognition.

Pettisville students also earned several honors at the convention:

Justin Nofziger, first place, Diversified Ag Production; Jacob Dennis, second place, Ag Research-Plant Systems; Hannah Meller, fourth place, Ag research-Integrated Systems, and runner-up, State Star in Agriscience.

Six students earned Gold Ratings in the Agriscience Fair, and five won first place awards in their divisions: Jessie McWatters, Dalton Myers, Kayla Wyse, Jordan Skates, Jacob Dennis, Gretchen Lee.

Justin Nofziger, Jacob Dennis, and Lynnsey Crouch also earned their state FFA degrees.

In addition, Lane was awarded an honorary FFA state degree in recognition for his support and encouragement for the program at Pettisville.

“I see it as a team effort,” Lane said. “Everyone works together to support the FFA and what the program does for our students. The honor goes to the entire group– parents, students, faculty, administration and the school board.”

Lane also commended the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America chapter and its advisor, Luann Bacon, for their accomplishments.

The chapter recently attended the state FCCLA conference in Columbus, where several students were honored for their work:

Aleeyha Kurth, FCCLA State degree; Abbi Nagel and Paige Finney, Power of One degree; the chapter was recognized as an Outstanding

Ohio FCCLA chapter at the Gold level and received an award for participation in the FCCLA Financial Endowment Challenge.

“I’m very proud of our students and our faculty for all the work they do with these groups,” Lane said.

“Pettisville is small, but is often recognized and honored at a state level because of these efforts.”


Pettisville music students are looking forward to a unique trip during next year’s spring break.

The school board authorized the music department to take the high school band and choir on a cruise to the Bahamas in March 2017.

The music trips have become a tradition at Pettisville and have included visits to New York City, Florida, Nashville, and other locations.

It will be the first cruise and the first trip for music students to leave the United States.

The students will perform on the ship and in a cathedral in Nassau.

The board also approved a list of 40 potential graduates for Pettisville graduation, Sunday, May 29, 2:30 pm.


Board members approved an update to the five-year forecast that will be submitted to the state.

The update shows Pettisville ending the fiscal year with revenues exceeding expenditures by $100,844, bringing the cash balance to $906,095.

The forecast has positive cash flow continuing for another year, and then starting to move in the other direction, when expenditures exceed revenues for the last three years of the forecast.

The healthy cash balance will keep Pettisville from operating in the red throughout the five-year forecast.

“This forecast may be conservative when it comes to predicting revenues,” Chris Lee, district treasurer, told the board.

“Actual revenue may be slightly higher, but it is hard to say. And expenditure forecasts include some allowance for increases in cost; but again, those are hard to pin down.”

The board continued plans to refinance bonds the district took out for the school building project.

It authorized Stifel, Nicolaus & Company to underwrite the issuing of municipal bonds for the refinancing project.

The underwriters estimate that Pettisville could save $435,242 over the current bonds if the market continues to hold at the present rate.

The board went into executive session for the purpose of considering, preparing for, conducting, or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees.

The private meeting lasted 45 minutes. No action followed.

The next meeting is Monday, June 13, 7 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander

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