Fayette school board 01.20.2010

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Board of Education has a new board member along with new officers for 2010.

No one filed to run for Paula Schaffner’s seat in the November election after she chose to retire from the board. School district residents were asked to submit a letter of interest and two people responded.

Pamela Seiler and Kandi Lemley offered to fill the post and board members voted Jan. 12 to give the spot to Seiler. She will fill a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2011.

David Brinegar was elected to serve as board president and Kirk Keiser was chosen vice president.

The board voted to continue scheduling regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month, in the art room.

TURBINE—Kent Buehrer of the Buehrer Group architectural firm presented an update on the wind turbine project. The drawing he brought shows the turbine will stand southeast of the gymnasium.

The village’s wind turbine ordinance requires the tower to be placed far enough from any buildings so if it were to fall, the turbine would not strike a structure.

The board later approved a resolution to seek bids for the turbine project. Bids will be advertised this week and a pre-bid meeting is scheduled Feb. 2. The bid opening is set for Feb. 11.

COMMITTEES: The following committees were chosen for 2010:

• Legislative liaison: Karen King;

• Facilities representatives: Kirk Keiser and David Brinegar;

• Four County representative: King;

• Financial/audit representatives: Brinegar and Deb Leininger;

• Student achievement liaison: Leininger;

• Board policy representatives: Keiser and Pam Seiler;

• Village of Fayette representative: Keiser.

RACE TO THE TOP—The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the local teacher’s union in regard to the federal Race to the Top funding. 

The memorandum states an agreement that the terms of the existing contract will not be violated, explained superintendent Russ Griggs. The document represents shared trust among the teachers, administrators and board members, he said.

If the state is successful in winning the grant, a “whole other level of working together” would be required, he said, in order to meet the grant requirements. Districts will have the option later to withdraw from the program.

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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