Fayette school: contract, levy 6.20

Written by David Green.

Support staff in the Gorham Fayette school district will start the year with a new three-year contract.

Secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, cooks and paraprofessionals will receive a salary increase but contribute more to their health insurance coverage.

Board of education members voted Monday to approve a three-year contract calling for a salary increase of three percent in each year.

Support staff members currently pay five percent of their health insurance premium, but the new contract increases that amount to 10 percent.


LEVY - Board members voted in March to let a seven-mill operating levy expire at the end of the year. At least two trustees are ready to reconsider that action.

Terry Kovar brought up the prospect of bringing the levy back to voters. Work would have to start soon, he said, to have the issue appear on the November ballot.

Fred Stockburger said he’s heard from a few district residents that the levy shouldn’t be abandoned.

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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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