Perrysburg mobile units help with population pop
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 24 June 2013 09:20
PERRYSBURG - The school district is moving along with some of its facilities planning.
"I know that we're moving forward with the projects and the students and staff are out of the buildings, we're under way," said Superintendent Tom Hosler as he spoke to the board of education last week.
Facilities and space issues have been a continuing theme at recent school board meetings as the district's population of more than 4,878 students continues to increase by more than 70 students a year. The rise has necessitated shuffling teachers among the elementary schools, and adding five mobile classroom units to Frank and Fort Meigs elementaries.
Earlier this month, the board approved a $203,000 plan to buy and move the units, which will include 10 classrooms, from Sylvania to the district. An additional $124,998 contract with Downey Plumbing and Heating for electrical work in the units was also approved Monday.
New units are expected to take care of classroom space concerns for the next academic year.
The portables have been disassembled and are on their way to the district, said Hosler.
Perrysburg is planning to revisit a $38 million plan first broached in 2011 that would build a new school for seventh and eighth-graders on the high school campus, and use the current junior high school for fifth and sixth-graders.
"I do know that, just to give the board fair warning, we do need to continue the dialogue on the long-term facilities planning," said Hosler.
"As we move forward with this, it is something that we'll need to bring back around."
Also at the meeting, the board:
• Approved a two-year contract to hire Dwight Fertig as executive director of pupil services. He will receive $99,900 annually. "As you know, this is a vital position for the district," said Hosler, working both with special needs and gifted students.
• Honored the presidents of the district's parent-teacher organizations. They included Kathy Olson, Parents Helping Students; Kristen Rodzos, Junior High Parents' Organization; Joelle Floriana, Frank Parents' Club; Christi Knowlton, Fort Meigs Parent Boosters; Missy Madigan, Toth Parents' Club; Rebecca Perkins, Woodland Parents' Club; and Sherina Ohanian, Perrysburg Elementary Parents' Association.
"There is so much that goes into running a successful school," said Hosler. "It's been a privilege of mine to work with a very dedicated group of parents who go above and beyond the call of duty" to help students and teachers.
• Recognized Todd Sims, who was named Division I Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year.
• Recognized state-qualifying athletes Jeffrey Schorsch (tennis); Courtney Clody, Emily Wyrick, Jordan Doore and Taylor Monheim (girls track); and Bryant Byrd (boys track).
• Heard a monthly financial report from Treasurer/CFO Matt Feasel. He said that, based on current projections, the district could end the fiscal year with a positive balance of up to $2.5 million.
"I think we're going to end up better than anticipated," but not significantly better, he said.
• Heard that, with the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, the district will have one more staff member than was employed prior to the staffing cuts in 2010. Nearly 50 employees were cut during that time.
• Authorized 66 staff members to undergo up to 20 hours of one-to-one technology training in anticipation of a technology pilot program beginning at the junior high and high school next year. The individuals will receive $27 per hour for the training.
• Canceled the July 2 work session. The board will have a regular meeting on July 15.
• Went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. No action was taken.