Fayette school board 2012.02.29

Written by David Green.

The slate of spring season coaches was approved by the Fayette Board of Education at the February meeting Feb. 13.

Paula Stambaugh will serve as head varsity track coach, assisted by Andy VanZile. Ryan Colegrove and Bruce Miller will work together as baseball coaches while Kelsey Spangler and Jenny Bates will lead the softball team.

In other personnel matters, Wendy Adams and Leslie Seiler were approved as substitute bus drivers, pending proper certifications, training and BCI checks

The retirement of Mary Bird was accepted for the of the current school year.

The board accepted six donations for various purposes:

• An anonymous donation of $1,892.50 will be used for special educational services.

• An anonymous donation of $48 will be use to purchase laminating film.

• A donation of $64.97 from the PTO will be used to purchase classroom markers for guidance groups at the elementary school.

• A donation of $500 from John Winzeler will be used for high school activities  through the principal’s fund.

• A donation valued at $100 from Carolyn Keys will be used to purchase notebooks, hanging file folders and page protectors for high school staff supplies.

• A donation of $100 from Karen Brown will be used for the Spanish Club Trip to Chicago.

AGREEMENTS—Board members approved a contract with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center in the amount of $378,744 for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The board amended the current credit card policy to include purchasing cards/debit cards.

The treasurer was authorized to enter into an agreement with The Huntington National Bank for electronic banking card services and other electronic banking services.

A three-year contract with Frontier Communications was approved for basic monthly telephone services for the district at a cost of $415, effective July 1, 2012

The contract with NwoESC was approved for technology services May 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. The cost is not to exceed 40 percent of a full time equivalent salary, benefits and administrative fee.

A memorandum of understanding was approved with Defiance College for Fayette to accept education intern and practicum students through Feb. 13, 2013.

APPOINTMENTS—Treasurer Kelly Bentley will serve as representative for newly elected board members to attend the Ohio Public Record Training.

Board trustee David Brinegar to the bargaining team for Ohio Association of Public School Employees negotiations.

CALENDAR—The school calendar for the 2012-13 school year was approved, calling for classes to begin Aug. 22 and ending May 29. A Christmas break is scheduled from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 and a spring break is planned from March 28 to April 1.

SENIORS—The senior class trip was approved for April 25-27. The students will travel to southern Ohio and also take a white water rafting trip in West Virginia.

CLOSED SESSION—The board met in a closed session for nearly 90 minutes. Kelly Mobley, a representative from the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, and staff member Marge Crowell were invited to attend a portion of the meeting.

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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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