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.