Fayette school board 9.16.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette school board members approved three personnel changes, including some extra help for the second grade class.

This year’s second grade class grew larger than expected so board members hired Stacy Wyse to work half a day in that classroom. Wyse was laid off last spring when staff cutbacks were announced.

Second grade enrollment is now in the upper 20s.

Lisa Hintz was hired an an intervention and alternative school instructor, on an as-needed basis, and Chris Hylander was hired as the afternoon van driver for the daily route to Pettisville.

Board members formally accepted a $200,000 Ohio Department of Development grant for the wind turbine project.

DONATIONS—$202 was donated by the Parents Support Group to the senior class and $100 was donated by the Bullthistle Festival committee to the marching band for its participation in the parade.

AGREEMENTS—The board approved a contract with Pepsiamerica to provide products and services in the school through June 20, 2014. In return, the school receives a portion of the sales costs, averaging about $2,500 annually.

Agreements were also accepted with TRECA, a support service providing online courses and education programming, and the MTEPA purchasing association.

TUITION—The tuition rate, following state guidelines, was set at $3,858.

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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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