Fayette school board 12.15.2010

Written by David Green.


The effort to build athletic facilities at Fayette’s new school received a big boost through the recent settlement of an estate.

Long-time Fayette resident Charles Climo specified in his will that a portion of his estate should be given to the school in support of a new athletic complex. Since construction of the new school, baseball and softball games continue to be played at a village park and there are no home track meets.

Following mediation with the surviving family members, the school will receive 20 percent of the estate. Fayette Superintendent of Schools Russell Griggs estimates the athletic field fund will grow by at least $150,000.

Climo was a lifelong farmer and operated Climo’s Garage in Fayette for many years. He had a connection with the school district through his work as a bus driver and bus mechanic.

Friends 4 the Fields, an organization  of community members working toward construction of outdoor athletic facilities, continues fund-raising projects in support of ball fields and a running track.

ELECTRICITY—Board members voted Monday to hire Creighton Electric to upgrade the school’s electrical service to primary service. The $23,858 cost includes materials needed to make the change.

The upgrade will include a school-owned transformer that will give the district a lower rate for power, Griggs explained.

The initial payback time was estimated at 16 months, but it will take longer once the new wind turbine begins producing power.

“It will reduce the long term operational cost for the district,” Griggs said. “We are constantly looking for ways to further improve the bottom line of the district.”

DONATIONS—A donation of $357.37 was approved from Dr. LuAnn Boyer for training and supplies for therapy dog Dwight.

Supt. Griggs donated $667 (the amount of two vacation days) to fund the cost of bus services in support of the search for the three Skelton brothers from Morenci. Fayette joined other area districts in donating the use of buses to transport searchers.

Up to $700 of the school board service fund will be used to help cover the cost of snacks for the after-school FAST program. Reimbursement from state sources also helps pay for the food.

SAVINGS—The board approved the establishment of a 403b Plan, retirement savings plan available to public school employees.

PARK—An agreement for use of the village park in 2011 was approved at a cost of $3,500, the same amount as the current year.

FFA—The Fayette FFA’s parliamentary procedure team was given permission to take an overnight trip to Columbus Dec. 17 to compete in the state competition. Brenda Goodson will transport the FFA members in a private vehicle.

NEXT MEETING—The board will meet at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 10 for an organizational meeting, followed by the regular meeting.

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    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.
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    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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