Fayette school board 02.23.2011

Written by David Green.

Representatives from Maness Petroleum Corporation have with rural property owners throughout the area seeking oil and gas leases. The Fayette School District joined that group last week and approved a five-year lease.

The district will receive $1,386 for the lease, and the contract provides for royalties to the school should a producible well or reservoir be found.

Great Lakes Geophysical will perform 3D seismic studies of the property. The company is undergoing studies on property throughout Lenawee County and northern Fulton County.

CALENDAR—Fayette has a new school calendar in place for the 2011-12 school year. Board of education members were presented with three choices at their meeting last week and voted on a final choice.

The calendar calls for 180 days in the classroom, starting Aug. 24 and wrapping up May 25, 2012.

School will not be in session Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day, during fair week. The Christmas break is scheduled from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 and a spring break is set for April 6-9.

Teachers begin work Aug. 23 and the final day is May 29.

CONTRACT—Board members approved the annual contract with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the amount of $287,222.

The cost covers special education services not provided at the local level for the 2011-12 school year. The cost is an estimate, said district treasurer Kelly Bentley, based on enrollment and the number of students expected to be in need of special services.

The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with the service center for the continuation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center.

DONATIONS—The board accepted a $300 donation from the Fulton County Pork Producers for agricultural education; a $500 donation from John Winzeler for the Principal’s Activity Fund; and a $192 donation from the Fayette PTO for reading rewards.

COACHES—The following spring coaches were hired: softball, Kelsey Springer and Jenny Bates; baseball, Bruce Miller; track, Ryan Colegrove, Bryan Stambaugh (assistant), Andy VanZile (junior high) and Paula Stambaugh (assistant).

LEAVE—An extended leave of absence was granted to Kylie Rufenacht through Aug. 19. She will receive insurance benefits but no salary.

Family leave was approved for Andrea Jacobs beginning March 3 and continuing through April 15.

NEGOTIATIONS—The board met in a closed session for about 45 minutes to discuss upcoming staff negotiations.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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