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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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