Fayette school board 7.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette Local Schools has a full teaching staff ready for the 2008-09 school year following a hiring decision July 21.

Board members voted at the regular July meeting to hire Sarah Skolmowski to serve as junior high and high school physical education and health teacher. She will also coach the seventh grade volleyball team.

Penny Vanvlerah of West Unity was hired to serve as media specialist, assisted by Stacy Wise on a part-time basis. Both staff members will be paid on a per diem (per day) schedule.

Vanvlerah recently retired from the West Unity school district. After helping to set up the media center in the new school, Wise will work in the facility when Vanvlerah isn’t available.

COACHES—A contract was rescinded for Michala Riegsecker who decided not to serve as co-coach in the volleyball program. Steve Schrock was hired as eighth grade girls basketball coach.

SALARY—Pay increases were approved for the two principals and the athletic director.

Board members met in a closed session for 45 minutes to discuss employment and compensation issues.

TURBINE—The board approved the use of $9,800 of the remaining construction funds for the first phase of a wind turbine project. The work will be done by Engineered Process Systems of Huron, Ohio.

DEFICIT—District treasurer Angel Adamski told board members that the 2007-08 fiscal year deficit came in at about $93,000. That amount was less than anticipated, superintendent Russ Griggs said later. Griggs said the district is in very good financial condition.

INVENTORY–Valuation Engineers will be paid $3,025 to update the district’s inventory and to conduct a property appraisal.

COMPUTERS—The Northwest Ohio Computer Association will be paid $20,511 for the annual membership fee for services provided in the next school year.

FEES—The board approved student fees, including $35 for accounting classes, $17.50 for agriculture education and $15 for foods classes. The fee is $10 for several others. High school and junior high students will also pay $7 for a planner and $3 for computer use.

The $45 fee for elementary students help cover materials other than textbooks.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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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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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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