Fayette school board 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette Local Schools will retain superintendent Russell Griggs for another year. The contract approved Monday by the board of education extends the school chief’s contract from Aug. 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013.

Griggs has reduced his hours—and his pay—since joining the school district in a part-time status. His annual salary in the new contract remains the same as its current level at $26,000. He also has health insurance costs covered.

The retired administrator says his time commitment to the district will also remain the same, although he expects to devote more attention to Fayette in the next year.

“I plan to be not in multiple districts,” he said in reference to another part-time administrative job with the Swanton district.

Griggs was formerly working only for Fayette until the Swanton board asked him to temporarily fill their superintendent position, as well.

Although Griggs is often not in the building, he is accessible to the school staff via e-mail and cell phone.

Griggs said there are still some things to work on in the school district before he leaves. He appreciates the community support for the school shown through the recent millage renewal, and he enjoys working with the district’s school board.

INSURANCE—The board approved an addendum to the contract of treasurer Kelly Bentley that specifies health insurance and vacation days. 

Insurance isn’t specified in her contact, Griggs said, and the modified contract guarantees it.

Griggs said the district receives a good return for its investment in having Bentley serve as treasurer.

PRO-TEMPORE—Kirk Keiser was chosen as the board’s president pro tempore to lead the annual organization meeting in January. The meeting is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 9.

F.A.S.T.—The board approved paying for snacks for the after-school F.A.S.T. program, with a limit of $700.

ASSOCIATION—The board voted to continue affiliation with the Ohio School Board Association at a cost of $3,111.

LIBRARY—Jeanne Johnson was appointed to a four-year term as trustee on the Normal Memorial Library board. She will replace Ruth Hutchison who is retiring.

PARKS—Mark Schang was approved as the school district representative to the Fayette Park Board for 2012.

DONATION—The board accepted $30 in donations for the Class of 2016 given in lieu of buying items from a class fund-raising project.

VOLUNTEERS—Paul Baker was approved as a band volunteer, Ben Sly as a seventh grade boys basketball volunteer, and Spencer Lester as a fifth grade Mini-Eagles volunteer.

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