Fayette school board 2013.01.02

Written by David Green.

Fayette Local Schools is losing a long-time employee with the resignation of administrative assistant Molly Graf, effective Feb. 28, 2013.

Superintendent Erik Belcher expressed his appreciation for the many years of service that Graf provided the school district. She helped many new superintendents adjust to their job in Fayette during her tenure, he said.

One portion of Graf's job will be filled by hiring a transportation coordinator at a rate of $5,000 annually.

In another staffing matter at the Dec. 17 board of education meeting, board members voted to seek a technology assistant to work with technology coordinator Becky Short. The board hopes to fill the post at the January meeting, although it may be difficult to find the right person, Belcher noted, because it will require non-traditional hours.

The part-time job will pay about $4,000 annually.

PERSONNEL—The substitute custodian pay rate was increased from $7.75 an hour to $9.28 an hour.

Unpaid FMLA leave was granted for Alysa Short from Feb. 4 to May 3, 2013. Cheryl Shaffer was granted an unpaid leave through March 15. Jason Nicely was approved as a volunteer coach for the varsity and JV girls basketball teams.

Lisa Hintz will take over as Quiz Bowl advisor following the resignation from the post by Sarah Altstaetter.

DONATIONS—Board members learned in April that a gift of $105,500 would be given to the school for scholarships from the Nora Nash estate. The board voted Dec. 19 to accept the donation. School treasurer Kelly Bentley said there was discussion about awarding one $2,500 scholarship a year to a graduating senior.

Other donations included a telescope and several cameras from the Nash estate, and $25 from Tim Kays for bus expenses at the Kellen Keiser Memorial Run.

BANKING—The board named First Federal Bank of the Midwest as the depository bank. A corporate credit card was also approved through First Federal.

LIBRARY—Sarah Schrock was approved for a term on the Normal Memorial Library board for 2013.

F.A.S.T.—Board members approved the expenditure of up to $700 for student snacks at the after-school F.A.S.T. program.

THANKS—A letter from Dick Whaley thanked the school and Lisa Hintz for the Veterans Breakfast in November.

FANS—Secondary principal Dan Feasel reminded parents and students that they are requested to remain in their seats during basketball games, and leave only between quarters.

TRAGEDY—Supt. Belcher noted that the Connecticut shooting hit school employees hard. There's too much good in the world, he said, for evil to make people live in fear. He said staff members have been frequently reassuring children.

"We want children to know we're doing everything possible to keep them safe," he said. "Our many good parental relationships help the situation."

MEETING—The 2013 organizational board meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14, followed by the regular January meeting.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    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.

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