Fayette school board 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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