Fayette school board 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

Fayette has a new vocal music teacher in place following the resignation of Kelly Barkheimer.

Barkheimer, a part-time teacher with Fayette, submitted her resignation Sept. 7 to accept a full-time job with the Springfield school district.

Jennifer Cobb, who previously taught for Fayette, was hired as a permanent substitute to teach for the remainder of the school year.

Other staffing matters handled by the Fayette school board Monday included  approving Russ Griggs as a volunteer consultant for the district; hiring Lindsey Schaffer and Lindsey New for seventh and eighth grade cheerleading co-coaches for the 2012-13 school year.

JoAnn Cousino was approved as substitute bus driver pending the transfer of paperwork from Archbold Area Schools.

The board also approved the following classroom volunteers pending appropriate reference and background checks: Angie Beauregard, Dawn Figgins, Pam Hibbard, Stephanie Leininger, Anne Merillat, Sarah Lynch, Abby Seiler, Lindsey New, Sue Schaffner, Eloise Wyse and Michelle Pilbeam.

SUBSTITUTES—The approved a two-year agreement with Frontline Technologies for Aesop services of an automated employment replacement system. The system allows teachers to request a substitute without the need for an early-morning call to the school.

ON-LINE—The board approved a one-year agreement with Treca for digital academy services for students, up to $1,000 per student. The company offers on-line classes to help students make up credits before graduation.

DONATIONS—Board members accepted a $100 donation from the Fayette Area Foundation for National Honor Society for club activities and $100 for FFA for club activities. 

TRAINER—A contract was approved with Fulton County Health Center Sports Medicine Outreach Program to provide athletic training consultation and/or treatment services for a rate of $17.50 an hour for the current school year.

TRIPS—The board approved trips to the FFA Greenhand Camp Sept. 28-30, 2012 at Camp Muskingum and the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-26.

  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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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