New Elementary Teacher Hired for 2014-15 School Year
The School Board approved the hiring of Cally Kretchmer as 4th grade teacher for the District. Ms. Kretchmer will replace Jeanie Moore who announced her retirement which will be effective at the end of the current school year. Ms. Kretchmer, who is from Avoca, WI will begin her teaching duties for the Pittsville in August.
Elementary Gym/Cafeteria Update
The Pittsville School Board learned that the District insurance carrier has recommended the District replace the entire roof of the elementary gym/cafeteria. The District is now in the process of securing bids for this project. The District has a $1,000 deductible insurance policy, with the remaining cost covered by insurance. The gym has been closed since February 20, and will remain closed until the completion of the gym roof replacement, which is projected to be completed by September 1.
PEP Grant Awarded to Pittsville School District
District Administrator, Terry Reynolds announced that the School District PEP Grant Application was approved by the Department of Education. The grant, which targets enhancements to the Physical Education/Health programs, and Wellness of students. The grant will bring over $800,000 to the district over a three year period, beginning in 2014-15 to accomplish the goals of the grant initiatives.
School Board looking at Energy Savings and future facility needs:
The School Board heard a presentation from Energy Service Group (ESG, which is a premier engineering and professional service firm which specializes in addressing the unique needs of existing k-12 buildings. ESG assists districts by providing solutions for the many energy and facility management challenges facing schools. The District received preliminary information on possible energy and facility enhancements which could benefit the District. The School Board must now decide whether to pursue an agreement with the firm to move forward on some of these cost savings initiatives. The School Board is looking at cost saving initiatives to assist the District in their projected deficits over the course of the next five years and also keeping their facilities safe and educationally sound for future generations. The School Board received their five year budget forecast information from PMA at the April 14, meeting.