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Retirements Leave Four Openings To Fill At Pettisville School District




The Pettisville School Board is seeking to fill four open positions that were created by retirements.

At the Monday, June 9, meeting, board members reviewed current openings.

Kay Kinney, a long-time fifthand sixth-grade language arts teacher, retired. Due to shifting of assignments among staff, the opening that remains is for an intervention specialist for the elementary.

Sue Steiner also retired from her part-time position as a class size reduction teacher.

The district is also interviewing for a bus driver opening, created when Randy Nafziger retired, and a cook position, created when Ida Romero retired.

Supplemental

In other personnel action, the board approved a long list of supplemental contracts for certified and non-certified personnel.

All current contracts were offered to personnel who previously held the posts.

A new supplemental was approved for Ed Bracken to serve as a Mock Trial Team advisor, a new student activity last fall.

The only major supplemental contract that remains unfilled is for a varsity cheerleading coach.

The board also approved a list of student employees for the summer and the school year. The students will work on an as-needed basis and will earn the minimum wage, $6.85 per hour.

Approved for custodial duties were Alex Frey, Anna Borton, Dillon Weirauch, and Torin Blosser. Andrew Switzer was approved to serve as a tech assistant.

Foundation

The board also approved an appointment to the Pettisville School Foundation board of trustees.

In the past, the board usually filled the two positions it has authority to appoint with current school board members.

But Dan Sauder, a current board member, is also an elected member of the PSF board of trustees.

To prevent any conflicts that could arise from having three school board members on the seven-member PSF board, the school board chose to appoint a non-school board member to fill one of its positions.

Dawn Hauter was chosen to fill the 2008-2010 term previously held by John King, school board president.

Tom Beck, a school board member, was approved for the 2007-2009 term PSF position.

The board also approved continuing with the same insurance carrier for the coming school year, which means a decrease in the insurance premium for the liability, fleet and building policies.

Last fiscal year, 2007-08, the district paid $18,220 for the coverage. For the coming year, 2008-09, the premium will be $16,890, a decrease of $1,390, or about 7.6%, in cost to the district.

The board learned that Pettisville students did well at the state track meet, including a state runner up finish for Haley Nofziger, a PHS junior, and an 11th-place finish for the 3200- meter relay team that included Alex Frey, Austin Borton, Chris Matthews, and Lincoln Frey.

Exec Session

The board held an executive session to discuss “the consideration of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion or compensation of a public employee, official or student.”

The private meeting lasted for 35 minutes. No action was taken following the closed-door session.

All board members were present, and all votes were unanimous with the exception of the approval of the supplemental contracts. Dan Bruner abstained due to a possible conflict of interest, since a contract was offered to a close relative.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 14, 8 p.m. in the school library.- D.J. Neuenschwander


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