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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  • Front.cross
    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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  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    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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