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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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