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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