New Fayette school praised by speakers 8.20

Written by David Green.

Fayette area residents have watched their new school arise since ground was broken two years ago, but board of education president Paula Schaffner has a different perspective.

“It’s the culmination of six years of hard work,” she told a large crowd Sunday at the school’s dedication ceremony.

“The small community of Fayette pulled together to create a new school,” she said. “It’s the most technologically advanced school in the area.”

Today marks the beginning of this beautiful building, Schaffner said.

Board vice-president David Brinegar backed up those words, calling the day “a historic moment that will effect the community for many years to come.”

Superintendent of Schools Russell Griggs praised the financial and technical assistance from the Ohio School Facilities Commission—the state agency in charge of using funds from the tobacco lawsuit settled to construct new schools in Ohio.

The OSFC paid $13.6 million of the $18.2 million cost. The building wouldn’t exist without the agency’s assistance, he noted.

“It’s been a positive experience and because of their involvement, we have a fine new school,” Griggs said.

Several members of the audience were introduced, including an OSFC delegate and representatives from the Buehrer Group architectural firm. Three former school board members were also also recognized: Terry Kovar, Fred Stockburger and Kelly Bentley.

Guest speaker State Rep. Bruce Goodwin said he could have reduced his speech to one word: “Wow!” He enjoyed touring the building and watching the pride that showed in the faces of those involved in the project.

“The building is here because of the commitment made by district residents,” he said. “Without the community’s support, students wouldn’t be able to move forward.”

Goodwin reminded the audience that it’s never all about bricks and mortar. The learning that goes on in the classroom is of utmost importance, he said, but the new facilities will play a role in experience.

Every time students arrive for school, they will be uplifted when they enter the building, Goodwin said

Goodwin hinted that some excellent news will soon be released concerning the district’s academic standing through the state department of education.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
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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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    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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