Fayette school board 03.03.10

Written by David Green.


Spring season coaches were hired last week by the Fayette Board of Education and contracts were extended for the superintendent and treasurer.

Baseball will make a return this year, with Bruce Miller serving as head coach and Nick Ramos as a volunteer assistant.

Sarah Skolmowski returns as softball coach and Pam Wise will serve as co-coach.

Ryan Colegrove will serve as varsity track coach, assisted by Bryan Stambaugh. Andy Van Zile will lead the junior high teams, assisted by Paula Stambaugh.

Superintendent Russell Griggs received a two-year contract extension through July 31, 2012, with no salary change. Griggs serves on a part-time basis and his contract is set for 130 days for the next school year and 120 days for the following year.

Treasurer Kelly Bentley was given a four-year contract through July 31, 2014, with no salary change.

The board met in a closed session for nearly two hours to discuss contracts, including a pact with the teachers.

CALENDAR—The board approved the teachers’ choice for the 2010-2011 school calendar. The first day of classes is Aug. 25 and the final day is May 27.

Students will receive one day off after Labor Day; the entire week off for a Thanksgiving break (along with parent-teacher conferences); and Christmas Break from Dec. 23-31.

PARK—The school will pay the village $3,500 for use and preparation of the two ball diamonds in the village park. This is an increase of $500 because both diamonds will be needed.

WORKBOOK—Workbook fees will remain the same for the next school year at $45 a student.

INTERNET—A three-year contract was approved for internet access through the Northern Buckeye Education Council.

NOESC—The school will pay the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center $201,816 for services for the next school year.

DONATIONS—The Fulton County Pork Producers gave the district $300 for agricultural education and the Fayette Athletic Boosters bought a weight vest, sand bags, suspension and resistor for $738.

  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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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