Fayette school board 2011.11.23

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette is making progress in its Race to the Top efforts and school board members heard a quarterly update Monday from team member Sally Kovar.

Kovar, an education consultant with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, is assisting the Fayette and Evergreen districts in meeting Race to the Top (RTTT) requirements. Ohio was chosen last year to participate in the federal program that provides extra funding to districts meeting the federal requirements.

Kovar reminded the board that the RTTT transformation team consists of two elementary school teachers, two from the secondary school and one who teaches classes at both levels. Elementary school principal Dr. Luann Boyer and school board member Karen King are also part of the team.

Updates are sent monthly to the state board of education. A professional development plan was also created this year.

Dr. Boyer said the professional development funding has been very helpful to the district, but when that money runs out, administrators will have to be more creative in finding ways to continue the work.

RTTT funding also paid for a program called Next Navigator that assists teachers in moving from academic content standards to common core standards. The change will take place over the next few years, Kovar said, and Next Navigator lays out the two methods side by side to help in the transition.

Boyer and secondary principal Dan Feasel attended a meeting on the principal evaluation system.

“We’re also involved in a pilot program for the Ohio teachers evaluation system,” Kovar said. “It gave the teachers the chance to get their hands on the rubric, so then we have a voice in what goes on that evaluation and what does not.”

Three teachers have volunteered to be involved in the evaluation program.

“Rigor and relevance” are the key words at the high school, Kovar said, and this goes hand in hand with common core.

“In years before,” she said, “curriculum was an inch thick and a mile wide. Now they want fewer things covered more in depth. When you look at the common core, we’re hitting the same things over and over and over again, but a little deeper at each grade level. This gives kids a much firmer foundation.”

ROAD—Fayette superintendent Russ Griggs expressed his satisfaction with the newly widened and resurfaced Gamble Road in front of the school.

New lighting along the street has yet to be completed, but that should improve night vision at the school entrance.

LEVY—Griggs noted that levy renewals cannot be considered automatic anymore, and he said it was very gratifying to see the support for Fayette’s renewal in the recent election.

BUDGET—District treasurer Kelly Bentley told that board that revenue has decreased significantly from the first quarter a year ago. Revenue declined by $144,000, however, expenses went down by $191,000 from the previous year, leaving the district with a gain of $47,000.

VETERANS—Feasel said 53 people attended the Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the school. The event was very well received, he said.

CONFERENCE—Despite an increase in junior and high school enrollment, participation in the parent-teacher conferences declined. Feasel wondered if the reason might have been due to grade cards being distributed shortly before conferences.

DONATIONS—The following donations were approved by the board: $250 from the Christian Church to buy winter accessories for elementary school students needing warm gear; a used trumpet from Karen King; a donation of $318 from Dr. Boyer to buy supplies for the school dog;

an anonymous $37.25 donation to buy Quick Word Handbooks for Everyday Writers; and a $759 anonymous donation to give $500 for the school’s cross country invitational meet, $100 for Spanish Club activities, and $159 for the Veteran’s Day Breakfast.

STAFF—Cinda Metcalf was hired as a substitute teacher and Wendy Burkholder was hired as a substitute cafeteria worker and custodian.

TRIPS—The board approved a one-day train trip to Chicago for the Spanish Club on May 4, and a one-day FFA trip to Chicago to visit the Mercantile Exchange.

A four-day senior trip to Dayton, Cincinnati and West Virginia was tabled pending additional details.

VOLLEYBALL—The board approved an adult volleyball program, with Scott Wagner serving as league coordinator.

LIBRARY—Michael Figgins was granted another term on the Normal Memorial Library board of trustees.

CLOSED—The board met in a closed session to discuss a personnel issue.

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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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