Fayette Schools: Board makes a smart move 2013.03.13

Written by David Green.

With school funding sources always at a questionable state, it’s a bold move for Fayette superintendent Erik Belcher to suggest hiring a new administrator—and it’s a bold move by the board of education to support his plan.

It also seems like a really smart move.

The new job that will be filled by Gene Rupp is an important one, covering a wide variety of tasks that will benefit the district. Boosting gifted education opportunities, creating local work/study opportunities, seeking grants, overseeing on-line classes to create a “digital academy,” assisting with staff evaluations—they’re all important jobs that often get pushed aside by administrators due to other duties

Belcher’s goal is to make the new position pay for itself and we understand his concerns when he says that he’s both excited about the opportunities and nervous about the venture at the same time. It’s an excellent plan and it will soon be time to begin making it work.

It seems that Gene Rupp is a fine choice for filling the new position. He certainly has the experience to address the many facets of the plan and he has a student-centered educational philosophy that seems perfect for the job.

We suspect that many area districts will be watching Fayette’s venture to see how it plays out. It’s a smart, forward-looking plan and they’ll want to be in on the action, too.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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