Fayette school board 2012.06.13

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Interviews are underway in the search for a combined superintendent and elementary school principal at Fayette.

Following the regular June meeting Monday, board members met in a closed session to interview three of the 10 candidates that had applied as of Monday. The deadline for applications is Friday.

Elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer retired at the end of the school year and superintendent Russ Griggs has one year remaining on his contract. Griggs works on a part-time basis as a retired employee and he’s willing to leave a year early if the board chooses a person to fill both roles.

Board members voted Monday to reinstate the contracts for teachers Bradley Raby and Cameron Thompson. Both were laid off for the previous school year, however, Raby worked on a part-time basis through grant funds.

Both teachers are expected to work in the upper elementary grades.

The board also hired Rebecca Short on a three-year contract to serve as the district’s technology coordinator two days a week and as a substitute teacher for two days a week, when needed.

She is employed by the Educational Service Center and outsourced to Fayette on a part-time basis, but that contract expires June 30.

Griggs said that she could be hired by the ESC through Fayette if needed, and she might be available part-time to another school district.

TRANSFER—Funds totaling $474 were transferred from the Class of 2012 to the high school principal’s activity fund.

SCHOLARSHIP—Griggs and board president Kirk Keiser each donated $50 to increase the value of the Gleason Scholarship to $150. The scholarship can be awarded only from money earned through interest, explained treasurer Kelly Bentley, and that sum continues to shrink.

The award was given to Tim Stoltzfus.

FEES—Student fees will be the same as last year, with the exception of one additional $10 fee for a life sciences course.

BUDGET—Bentley noted that the cafeteria fund needed no transfer from the general fund again this year. She also pointed out that the contract with the Education Service Center for special education services will cost $453,000 for the next school year. Additional services provided by Fayette’s own staff are not included in that total.

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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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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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