Fayette school board 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette didn’t receive funding for the after-school Wings program this year, but a different program will provide new opportunities for elementary school children.

Principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer told board of education members at the Oct. 19 meeting about a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The federal program provides funding for academic enrichment activities during non-school hours.

The Wings program provided homework help in mathematics and reading, Dr. Boyer said, but 21st Century has a different focus.

Ellen Rupp will coordinate the program. Invitations were sent to about 45 designated children, and, depending on the response, the program will then be opened to all students until filled.

Activities considered so far include cooking, outdoor experiences, martial arts, basketball, cheerleading, dance and constructing bluebird houses. Teachers and community members will serve as instructors.

A before-school homework help period is also planned, along with a computer class for community members set for next year.

The focus of the five-year program can be changed from year to year.

Fayette will receive $66,000 the first year, with funding diminishing each successive year until the fifth year when $33,000 is given.

The program starts Nov. 9 and transportation will be provided.

FORECAST—The district’s five-year financial forecast shows deficit spending as early as next year, reported treasurer Kelly Bentley.

State revenue has shrunk from income tax rate reductions, followed by the poor economy, explained superintendent Russ Griggs. Because taxes have decreased, the amount of contributions to the school via tax abatements is also going down.

An expected abatement payment of about $50,000 never arrived from the TWR factory in September due to a changeover to the state’s Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). Bentley said the district could lose as much as $167,000 over the next four years.

FIELDS—Board member Deb Leininger reported on the success of Movie Night by the Friends4theFields group. The group brought in $347 toward its campaign to construct ball fields and a running track at the new school.

A letter seeking donations to the effort were to be mailed with an alumni newsletter. The Friends group will sell tickets throughout the school year for a Gator raffle.

CONGRATULATIONS—The district received a letter of congratulations from the Ohio Department of Education for it “excellent” status in academic achievement.

Griggs said the award is a testament to the staff and students, along with the support that the community at large gives.

“There are a lot of good things going on in the community,” he said.

TURBINE—The wind turbine project continues to wend its way through bureaucracy, Griggs said. The next step is to prepare the budget specifications.

Griggs he was presented with an option to have a third party pay for the turbine which would charge the school for electricity used, but he didn’t see the rates as attractive.

“We want to be green not only environmentally, but also green financially,” he said.

PERSONNEL—Lisa Rodriguez was approved as a substitute secretary. Ryan Colegrove’s freshman basketball coach contract was amended to also include varsity assistant.

Marilyn Opdycke was appointed to the Normal Memorial Library board to replace Vickie Cox who resigned. The term continues through Dec. 31, 2010.

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