Fayette board looks at athletic field layout proposal 7.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette board of education members viewed a proposed layout for athletic facilities at the new school and received pricing on a storage building for the new school campus.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm showed the board a drawing that would place a softball diamond, baseball diamond and running track east of the new school.

“It’s critical that it’s designed correctly and laid out correctly with regard to drainage,” said superintendent Russ Griggs.fay.athletic.field.jpg

Otherwise, money might be spent in corrective action.

Board members voted to pay $10,000 for design work, including a final $3,000 if the plan is used.

While on the subject of school grounds, trustee David Brinegar asked for conformation that the grounds have not yet been turned over to the district.

Eric Wiemken, construction engineer, said that grass seeding is scheduled in early August and the weedy appearance will soon disappear.

Price told the board that estimates for the 32-foot by 56-foot storage garage put the price around $50,000 for the building only. He guessed the total cost might be close to $75,000.

Brinegar suggested waiting until the total costs are known before moving forward with any decision.

DEMOLITION—Wiemken learned at a meeting with Ohio EPA that existing sidewalks and parking areas can remain in place when the buildings are torn down.

The Ohio EPA expressed concern that existing monitoring wells must remain in place after demolition.

SPEAKER—State representative Bruce Goodwin will speak at the dedication of the new school scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

FEES—Student fees for elementary students will increase from $35 to $45 this year. The money helps cover the costs of workbooks, magazines and other materials.

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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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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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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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