Fayette school board 2.18

Written 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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    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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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    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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