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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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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