Fayette school board 2011.05.18

Written by David Green.


Layoffs for the 2011-12 school year were made final by Fayette Board of Education action Monday night as the board aims to trim $350,000 from the budget.

Effective July 31, teaching contracts were suspended for elementary school teachers Cameron Thompson and Brad Raby and for special education/elementary teacher Stacey Wyse.

In addition, three teachers’ contracts will be reduced to half-time: Laura Leininger, family and consumer science; Kelly Barkhimer, music; and Barb Bruggeman, mathematics.

Board members also heard a lot of positive news at the regular May meeting.

Elementary school principal Dr. Luann Boyer reported that kindergarten enrollment for next year stands at 42—more than double this year’s unusually small class.

Secondary principal Dan Feasel announced that all scores from the state Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) were high enough for the high school to receive another “excellent” rating.

“The kids were awesome,” Feasel said. “We’re excited.”

Scores ranged from 96.9 percent in mathematics to 75.78 percent in science.

Another report of good news comes from the attorney involved in the Climo estate. The district is expected to receive approxiamtely $195,000 for the development of outdoor athletic facilities. When the estate details were first announced in December, the gift was estimated at $150,000.

LUNCH—Lunch prices for the 2011-12 school year will increase by 10 cents as required by participation in the school lunch program. Fayette is currently 31 cents below the national average, but a maximum price increase is limited to 10 cents a year.

Federal guidelines are requiring schools to serve more fresh fruit and vegetables and whole-grain bread. Superintendent of schools Russ Griggs said the price increase will help pay the additional cost of those items to improve the nutritional content of lunches.

ELECTRICITY—The district electricity bill was zero for April as FirstEnergy gave the school credit for electricity generated by the wind turbine.

DONATIONS—The approved a donation of $1,122 from varsity basketball coach Tim Nicely to pay for the team’s trip to a camp at the University of North Carolina; $76 from Hubbard Feeds for FFA activities; and $411 from the Fayette Athletic Boosters to buy safety cones for the cross country program.

NURSE—The board approved the contract with the Fulton County Health Department for a school nurse at the cost of $5,118.

TECHNOLOGY—The board accepted the resignation of technology coordinator Rebecca Short who is joining the Northwest Ohio Educational Services Center staff. However, she will continue to serve Fayette school on a part-time basis, with Fayette covering 40 percent of her salary.

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