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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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