Fayette school board 2011.06.15

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s board of education approved Monday a three-year contract with the Gorham Fayette Teachers Association.

Effective July 1, 2011, the base teacher pay will remain at $30,950 for the next three years. This is the same starting pay in effect over the previous two years.

Teachers will receive no step increase for experience in the 2011-12 school year, but they will receive a step increase in 2012-13 and 2013-14. In 2012-13, teachers’ contribution to health insurance coverage will double, from five percent to 10 percent.

Teachers will actually pay more for less coverage, explained Superintendent of Schools Russ Griggs, because the insurance consortium has the ability to reduce benefits and coverage on an annual basis, along with increasing premiums.

BALL FIELDS—The board voted to pay Buehrer Group Architecture and Engineering $3,500 to design a concession stand for the future ball fields.

Although no planning is yet underway for construction of ball fields, Griggs said, laying out the design of the concession stand will give the planning committee a better idea of cost estimates.

Once costs are gathered, the committee will be able to decide what can be done with the money the school received from the Charles Climo estate, estimated at about $195,000. The funds were designated for new outdoor athletic facilities.

 Before ball fields and a track are started, Griggs said, land forming must be done and drainage, water lines and conduit must be installed. Areas where dirt is moved will have to be seeded to hold soil in place.

Buehrer estimated the project, including a rubberized track, could cost as much as a  million dollars, plus the cost of a concession stand.

RESIGNATION—The board accepted the resignation of family and consumer sciences teacher Laura Leininger. Due to the district’s financial difficulties, Leininger’s contract was reduced to half time and she has since taken a job with the Wauseon district.

“We’re seeking a replacement,” Griggs said, “but if we’re not successful we may have to eliminate the program.”

FEES—Elementary school student fees will remain the same, at $45, for the fifth consecutive year, however, the board approved some new fees for the upper grades. A science class fee of $5 will be charged for grades seven, eight and nine, and a physics class fee of $10 will be charged.

NUTRITION—Acceptance of new Ohio Department of Education nutrition standards for food and beverages will bring a few changes to the cafeteria regarding the variety and frequency of food served. Increased servings of fruit and vegetables highlight the changes, Griggs said.

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