Fayette school board 2012.05.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette Elementary School will lose its principal next month with the retirement of Dr. LuAnn Boyer. The Fayette Board of Education voted Monday to accept her retirement.

Board of education members will now consider a combined administrative position to cover both the part-time superintendent’s job and the elementary principal post.

Dr. Boyer joined the district in July 2000 and wraps up a 35-year career in education. Russell Griggs, who works as a retired, part-time superintendent, will leave the district in another year, but he said that he’s willing to step down early if the board finds someone to fill the combined roll.

Griggs said he learned there are several districts in northwest Ohio with combined administrative duties and the arrangements vary from district to district. With Dr. Boyers’ retirement and his own impending departure, this is a good time to look at changes, Griggs said.

Board members agreed and approved a job posting calling for the combined role. The enrollment of pre-K through grade six is about 250 students and a full-time guidance counselor also works with those grades.

“With Dr. Boyer’s retirement, it gives us the opportunity to explore our options,” said board president Kirk Keiser. “There’s only so much money to spend and we would rather spend it on teachers.”

Keiser said he’s aware of successful combined roles in other districts and says “it could be a win for everybody.”

Interviews are scheduled from June 18-25 and a new administrator is expected be hired by mid-July.

Griggs said that if the board is not satisfied with the candidates for the post, an interim principal could be hired to give the board additional time while he finishes the final year of his contract.

In other personnel matters, additional family leave was approved for Sarah Weiland from April 27 to May 18, and continuing contracts were accepted for nine staff members:

• Sheila Killam, continuing contract; 

• Andrea Jacobs, continuing contract;

• Lisa Hintz, two-year contract;

• Audra Roesti, two-year contract at half-time;

• Lacy Stambaugh, two-year contract;

• Wendy Adams, continuing contract;

• David Hoste, one-year contract;

• Karen Brown, continuing contract for for 5/8 full-time for 2012-13;

• Barbara Bruggeman, one-year contract for 7/8 full-time for 2012-13.

Extended time beyond the contract year was approved for six employees for additional summer work: Geoffrey Gilmore, up to 15 days; Janna Ballmer, up to five days; Molly Graf, up to 10 days; Pam Schultz, up to 40 days; Marge Crowell, up to five days; Deb Rupp, up to five days.

DONATIONS—An anonymous donation of an Eagle flag was accepted for outside use ($120.75 value); an anonymous donation of a Stamina 4755 Silent Magnetic Resistance Bike was accepted for the athletic training room ($100 value); a donation of $60 was given by the Fayette Local School Foundation for the awards banquet; and $158.54 was given by Dr. Boyer to be used for Dwight, the elementary school dog. 

CONTRACTS—Board members  extended membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2012-13 school year; approved a contract with Northern Buckeye Education Council for technical services through June 30, 2012.

A contract with NwOESC was approved for a mentor program in the 2012-13 school year. Hylant Group to approved for property insurance coverage through Ohio School Plan in the amount of $21,643. The contract expires June 30, 2013.

NEGOTIATIONS—The board met in a closed session to discuss the administrative hiring and classified staff negotiations.

TURBINE—The wind turbine has been out of service for the last two weeks due to a faulty drive unit—a part that was previously replace.

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