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.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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.
  • 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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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