Fayette school board 1.7.09

Written by David Green.

(remainder of December meeting)


MEALS PLUS—The Meals Plus feature of the new point-of-sale cafeteria system will not be used at this time. The program would allow parents and students to access their cafeteria account at home via the internet.

Griggs told board members in December that the program costs $1,590 to put into operation and each family must pay a one-time $10 access fee.

The school will continue to use a method in which a note is sent home with a child when their cafeteria account gets low.

LEAVE—Maternity leave was granted to Stacy Wyse until approximately April 15.

COMPUTERS—Forty-one computers were purchased for $299 each. Griggs described the move as a good investment that should serve the district for several years.

DAIRY—Two donations were used to aid in the purchase of a machine to disburse dairy products, including yogurt. The Fulton County Dairy Association donated $2,950 and the American Dairy Association donated $1,000.

ZONE—An underground fuel oil tank was removed from the Zone school property. There was no indication of leakage, Griggs said, and no soil testing is required for fuel oil.

AWARD—Fayette High School was among 46 in the state named a Bronze Medal winner in the U.S. New & World Report’s America’s Best High Schools. Eighty-seven Ohio schools were awarded.

An educational data research business analyzed data from the 2006-07 school year to determine how well a school served all students—not just college prep pupils—and how successful it was in educating students across a range of performance indicators.

The analysis included a look at whether economically disadvantaged students performed better than statistical expectations.

College readiness was also examined in regard to Advanced Placement courses.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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