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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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