Fayette school board 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.


Fayette has an new school board president following the organizational meeting Monday.

Kirk Keiser was selected to serve as president for 2012 and Deb Leininger was chosen vice president. Regular board meetings will continue to be scheduled at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

During the organizational meeting, David Brinegar was approved as an appointed board member through Dec. 31, 2013.

Committee appointments are: legislative liaison, Karen King; facilities, Keiser and Brinegar; Four County, King; financial/audit, Brinegar and Leininger; student achievement, Leininger; board policy, Keiser and Pam Seiler; and village representative, Keiser.

The legal firm of Ennis, Roberts and Fischer was retained for negotiations and general purpose representation.

During the regular meeting, the board hired the CPA firm of McManus, Dosen and Company for the annual audit at a cost of $3,100.

A contract with TTL Associates was approved for geotechnical investigation for the athletic field project.

PARK  BOARD—Scott Wagner was chosen to represent the school district as a member of the Fayette Village Park Board for a five-year term.

WAGE—Pay for several support staff positions was increased to match the new state minimum wage of $7.70 an hour.

DONATIONS—A donation of $256 was received from True North Church to pay reduced lunch prices for students during December.

The Fulton County Pork Producers donated $350 for Family Consumer Science Classes and $700 for FFA projects.

The Fayette PTO made three donations: $1,755 to purchase individual headphone set for each elementary student, $314 for keyboard guards for keyboarding classes and $269 for elementary reading awards.

RECOGNITION—Superintendent Russ Griggs presented board members with certificates for School Board Member Recognition Month.

CLOSED SESSION—The board met in a closed session for about 40 minutes with Amy-Metz Simon and Jason Simon.

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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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