Fayette school board 4.29.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Limited contracts were renewed for four Fayette teachers last week and another teacher was awarded a continuing contract (tenure). Five staff members did not have their contracts renewed due to budget reductions.

Fayette Board of Education members voted at the April 20 meeting to award two-year limited contracts to music teacher Kelly Barkheimer and agriculture teacher Pam Wise, and one-year limited contracts to health and physical education teacher Sarah Skolmowski and media specialist Penny VanVlerah.

Non-renewal of contracts was approved following acceptance of a cost-cutting plan at the March board meeting.

“None of the teaching contract non-renewals were related to performance,” said superintendent Russell Griggs. “They are ‘reductions in force’ and layoffs are based on seniority in the areas of certification.”

Contracts were not renewed for fourth grade teacher Bradley Raby, sixth grade teacher Brittan Bosco, library assistant Stacey Wyse, elementary school intervention teacher Lacy Stambaugh and intervention tutor Lisa Hintz.

LANDSCAPE PROJECT—Art teacher Ryan Colegrove received board approval for landscaping that would place the letters FHS in the area near the art room and facing the covered walkway where most guests enter the school.

Perennials will be planted in the area and Colegrove expects fairly low maintenance needs. The Art Club will tackle the work as a service project.

“It will give the kids a sense of ownership and pride.”

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