Pettisville Local Schools Superintendent Josh Clark said the district administrators heard the community loud and clear when a proposed permanent improvement levy was firmly rejected in March 2020.
A new permanent improvement cast on the November 6th ballot would not be used for new facilities. Rather, most of the money goes straight into the classroom.
The school district will ask voters to pay a five-year levy of 2.5 million, Clark said, in addition to using some of the funds to repair parking lots and modernizing some outdated building systems, the rest will buy new textbooks – to replace some from 27 years ago – and new technology for students. Former interim superintendent Ken Boyer valued $ 50,000 to $ 70,000 in July to replace math and history books alone.
A homeowner with a $ 100,000 home pays an additional $ 87.50 per year to support the permanent improvement levy.
“To continue providing the best academic experience possible for Pettisville students, we need to update our curriculum and provide teachers with the tools they need to keep our students engaged and competitive in an ever-changing world,” said Clark. “Ideally, we would embark on a curriculum cycle that allows us to cyclically update and evaluate curriculum needs. We also need to immediately take a look at our parking lots and stairs, as well as some of our operational requirements. “
This also includes the need to purchase a tray for an outdoor freezer.
Clark said that while the Pettisville Schools are fully operational – or one device for each student – “We need to be able to maintain our current replacement cycle – 500 devices with a five-year lifecycle – to allow the initiative to continue.” “He said the district also needs to continue the employee laptop replacement lifecycle.
“We bought Clevertouch Interactive Teaching Board devices for (other) dollars, and we need to be aware of the maintenance and replacement costs. We will also look at digital curricula, ”he said. The levy enables the district to keep Chromebook repairs going and replace older models.
It will also allow planning for contingencies, such as a possible need for new school buses and for the maintenance and repair of buildings.
School Board President Brent Hoylman previously said it was “critically important to keep all items up to date”. He said the school will buy textbooks and digital platforms will be added to the curriculum. “So we need the latest technology to do this,” said Hoylman.
The school district has already held a donation briefing and is planning two more, October 18 at Tedrow Mennonite Church and October 28 at the school complex.
“Since we listened to taxpayers and took things out that they didn’t like, like building new facilities, I’ve got a great chance they’ll pass,” said Clark of the levy.
Should that fail, the school district will be forced to continue teaching with outdated curricula and try to maintain the district’s operational services that are in dire need of attention, he said.
“If that fails, our facilities cannot be maintained at the high level our community is used to,” added Clark.
Contact David J. Coehrs at 419-335-4010.