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Schools Getting Ready; Pettisville Plans Aug. 17 Start



While youngsters may not like it, the calendar has turned to August, and sooner than you think, school will start.

That’s particularly true for students in the Pettisville Local School District, where the first bell will ring on Tuesday, Aug. 17, less than two weeks from today.

Youngsters can blame their shortened summer break on the school district construction project.

Steve Switzer, Pettisville school district superintendent, said in order to allow as much construction time as possible during the summer of 2011, the 2010-11 school year will start and end early.

The school year’s last day is May 20, 2011.

During summer 2011, construction workers will demolish most of the current Pettisville school buildings, and complete the new buildings.

To lengthen construction time, the start of the 2011- 12 school year has been pushed back to Wednesday, Sept. 7– two days after the Fulton County Fair Junior Fair Day.

Wax Build-Up

Because most of the building will be demolished, Switzer said district custodial workers did some of their usual summer cleanup work differently.

He said usually the floors in the building are stripped of wax; then a new coating is applied.

Since most of the building will be demolished, custodians simply mopped the floors before applying a new coat.

One concern over the early start is temperatures will be hotter than usual for a school day.

Since the school building does not have air conditioning, some classrooms can get warm, Switzer said.

Hot classrooms make it difficult for students to concentrate and learn.

In other matters, Switzer said he’s not aware of any supplies that have not arrived, and said teachers have been visiting the building and preparing their classrooms.

There are people who are becoming sentimental over the loss of the old school.

“We’ve had a lot of tours this summer,” he said.

Last weekend, July 31- Aug. 1, the graduating class of 1960 visited the building for its 50th reunion.

Sadness over the loss of the old buildings is competing with the excitement over the construction of the new school, Switzer said.

Archbold

Archbold students have their first day of school on Monday, Aug. 23.

David Deskins, school district superintendent, said building preparations “are moving along very well, and we are right on schedule to complete them.

“The elementary has been completed. The middle school should be completed (by today, Wednesday), and they are putting the final touches on the projects at the high school.

“Our custodial staff is amazing. I’d put our facility cleanliness up against any in the state.”


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