Fayette school board 04.28.10

Written by David Green.

Fayette Board of Education members met for a special session Monday morning to take care of a real estate issue and to hire a new girls basketball coach.

The former school property on Eagle Street is now officially owned by DH Holdings, the company charged with the clean-up of contamination from the former Fayette Tubular Products factory.

Fulton County prosecuting attorney Scott Haselman guided the board through the details of the property transfer. The school received $1,000 for the sale of the property.

When the school board received a $3.9 million settlement from DH Holdings in March 2007, the pact called for demolition of the old school buildings and for the school property to remain an undeveloped green zone.

In addition, DH was given the first right to purchase the property within a year following demolition.

Village officials are still seeking clarification from DH on the use of the parking area now owned by the company. Only a narrow strip of the parking lot north of the ball fields is owned by the village. In the past, the school parking area was used by ball fans and for special events such as the Bullthistle Festival.

COACH—Tim Nicely of Ayersville was hired to serve as Fayette’s girls basketball coach following the resignation of Ashley Oyer.

Nicely has served as Ayersville’s junior varsity girls coach for 15 years. He’s also coached the girls freshman team, the eighth grade boys team and the freshmen boys team.

Nicely and his wife are the parents of two children.

CONTRACTS—Negotiated agreements were approved for certified and classified staff for one year.

Contracts for both groups show no increase in salary, said superintendent Russell Griggs.

“Both employee organizations realize the current economic situation is not conducive for staff pay increases,” Griggs said. “The uncertainty in future state and federal funding is reason enough for fiscal caution at this time.

“The community is facing tough times and the school district needs to control expenditures in a period of declining revenues.”

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