Fayette school board 2.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Fayette Board of Education is searching for a new district treasurer following the resignation Monday night of Angel Adamski.

Adamski will begin a new job with the Northwood school district after her resignation takes effect March 31.

She was hired to serve as Fayette’s treasurer in January 2007.

The board filled several coaching positions for spring sports, including: softball coach, Sarah Skolmowski; volunteer softball coaches, Jenny Bates and Steve hartman; varsity track coaches, Ryan Colegrove and Bryan Stambaugh; assistant track coach, Andy Van Zile; junior high track coach, Paula Stambaugh.

Debra Rupp was hired to serve as elementary school secretary and Paula Ferguson was hired to help train Rupp. Ferguson will also serve as a substitute high school secretary.

ENROLLMENT—Kindergarten through sixth enrollment is at an eight-year low, said elementary principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer.

When she joined the district in 2001, enrollment stood at 254. A high of 285 was reached in 2004-05, but the census has been in a decline ever since. This year’s enrollment is 243.

Dr. Boyer told board members that appointments for kindergarten registration are low so far, but the sign-up day doesn’t begin until March 2.

CALENDAR—Board members approved a school calendar for the 2009-10. The calendar is one of three previously presented to staff members who narrowly favored it by a 23-20-8 margin.

The first day of school is Aug. 19 and the last day is May 28. School will be closed three days after Labor Day.

AUDIT—Adamski said the district received a “clean” budget report from auditors, with no major recommendations suggested.

APPROVAL—Board members approved: an agreement with the village for the use of athletic facilities; a proposal for a senior class trip to Florida and a language club trip to San Antonio; and the 2009-10 curriculum for the junior high and high school.

Board member David Brinegar asked for clarification on weighted classes at the high school. Principal Dan Feasel said that in his previous jobs, weighted classes were the advanced placement courses, but they aren’t offered at Fayette. The classes now listed as weighted were in place when he was hired, Feasel said.

School counselor Geoff Gilmore explained that weighted classes are any that go beyond the college prep curriculum.

Board member Kirk Keiser asked about the possibility of introducing language studies in grades before high school. Gilmore said there’s no room on the schedule for that. Adding language would require removing another subject.

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