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COACHES—A contract was rescinded for Michala Riegsecker who decided not to serve as co-coach in the volleyball program.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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    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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