Fayette school board 2011.05.18

Written by David Green.

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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    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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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