PCS finances, building projects on track

By Belinda M. Paschal - bpaschal@civitasmedia

PIQUA — It was a swift and smooth meeting for the Piqua City Schools board of education on Thursday evening, thanks to building projects being on schedule and the district set “to finish the next year in the black,” according to board treasurer Jeremie Hittle.

“It’s all positive news,” Hittle said. “It’s exciting when you don’t have much to say; that means things are going well.”

Board president Lori Webster praised Hittle for a job well-done, saying she was “impressed and pleased” with the state of the district’s finances.

It was certainly positive news for Hittle when the board approved his continued appointment as treasurer for a five-year period beginning Aug. 1, 2016, through July 31, 2021.

During his report, Hittle also mentioned that the district’s audit would be wrapping up soon and that the board hopes it will be complete by the end of this month.

Business director and project manager Curt South gave a brief update on the building projects taking place in the district.

“We’re tracking on budget and on schedule,” he said. “At Nicklin, Favorite Hill and Wilder, grass seed has been planted; with Bennett and High Street, we’re working on removal of buildings.”

At Springcreek Primary School, where the addition of 36 new parking spaces recently was approved by the board, contractors Peterson Construction Company is slated to begin as soon as the ground is ready, South said. The cost of the project will be $93,971 for concrete paving and $12,500 if cold weather protection is required for the work.

Superintendent Rick Hanes noted that Springcreek Principal Connie Strehle has been working with the construction company to insure the safety of students playing outside during recess.

Curriculum director Dwayne Thompson said the Ohio Department of Education will be releasing assessment data today that will help the district calculate its report card, which details such information as student performance, enrollment, graduation rate and more.

The board approved two change orders, one for a chain link fence at Washington Primary School, a project priced at $32,000; the other for the addition of 50 lockers in the science rooms at Piqua Central Intermediate School, which will cost $28,000.

Also during the meeting:

• Several ceremonial resolutions were issued, with kudos going to the Piqua High School football team for making the playoffs, the PHS “Pride of Piqua” marching band for qualifying for state competition, and PHS junior and cross-country runner Andy Mayse for his achievements as a student-athlete.

• Steve Baker of WHIO was named to the Ohio School Board Association’s 2015 Media Honor Roll, which recognizes journalists for fair and balanced reporting. Baker was nominated for the award by the PCS board.

• Stu Shear of the Piqua Alumni Band presented PHS band directors Mitch Mahaney and Carl Phlipot, with $5,000, courtesy of the Piqua Community Foundation grant. The money will be used to purchase four new euphoniums, bringing the number of instruments the band has to six.

The next board of education meeting will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Piqua High School.

By Belinda M. Paschal


Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.

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