Fayette school board 2012.06.13

Written 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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    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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    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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