Fayette school board 08.25.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

An unusually small kindergarten class will likely lead to a drop in enrollment this year in the Fayette school district.

As of Monday only 20 students were enrolled for kindergarten, principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer said, so only one teacher will be needed unless an influx of students arrive.

Dr. Boyer said that at this point it’s the smallest class she’s seen in her 11 years with the district.

The average elementary school grade size last year was 36, which was also the size of last year’s kindergarten class.

Secondary enrollment was near last year’s level at 212.

FOOD SERVICE—Marilyn Kinsman was hired to serve as food service director for the district. Her one-year contract with a salary of $22,000 ends June 30, 2011.

Superintendent Russ Griggs told school board members Aug. 16 that Kinsman has already made some changes.

Griggs expects to see the cafeteria offering more food made from scratch and fewer processed items, along with other positive changes.

WATER—A water softening system will be installed to better protect equipment and to prolong replacement needs, Griggs said. A softener was used at the old school but was not part of the new school construction plan.

The system will be purchased through the school’s maintenance fund—money that can’t be spent for general education purposes.

FAST—Dr. Boyer said she has talked with Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders about providing some enrichment activities for the after-school program so it isn’t strictly remedial.

The program is now called Fayette After School Time (FAST).

TESTING—Secondary principal Dan Feasel told board members that junior high students retained an “excellent” rating for the third consecutive year.

SURVEY—The board accepted a donation of $568.80 from Garcia Surveyors to cover the cost of a topographical survey of the future athletic field site and other areas of school property.

BMI—The board joined many others in the state in a decision to ask for a one-year waiver before giving BMI (body mass index) assessments to students.

Griggs would like to obtain more information about the assessments before beginning the program. He’s wondering if the district will have to pay additional money to the school nurse.

“We need more information before we start measuring people,” he said.

PERSONNEL—The board approved several staff positions for the 2010-11 school year.

Bus driver, Carolee Hartman; van driver, Wendy Wyatt; substitute teacher, Cinda Metcalf; substitute bus drivers, Russ Griggs, Steve Hartman, LaWonda Keefer, Dan Seiler, Rodney Kessler, Jon Rupp and Rod Sommers; substitute custodians, Wendy Wyatt, Ryan Eberly and Gary Rice;

Cafeteria substitutes, Lynette Smith, Kelly Willeman, Diane Reinking, Ryan Eberly, Eloise Wyse, Lisa Rodriguez, Michelle Pilbeam and Doris Cuff;

Study hall monitor substitutes, Paula Ferguson and Eloise Wyatt; secretarial substitutes, Paula Ferguson, Chris Hylander, Lynette Smith, Michelle Pilbeam and Eloise Wyse.

Todd Mitchell, Ryan Colegrove, Kelly Barkheimer, Laura Leininger, Geoff Gilmore, Pam Wise and Chris Hylander were approved for transporting students with the school van.

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