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COACHES—A contract was rescinded for Michala Riegsecker who decided not to serve as co-coach in the volleyball program.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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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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