Fayette school board 2013.01.23

Written by David Green.


Fayette's board of education officers will remain the same in 2013, but regular monthly meetings are moving to a new date.

Kirk Keiser was re-elected president of the board at the Jan. 14 organization meeting and Debra Leininger will remain as vice-president.

The regular meeting date is moving to the second Monday of the month, with a few exceptions. The 2013 schedule calls for meetings Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 27, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

The board meets in the art room at 7 p.m.

STAFFING—District treasurer Kelly Bentley was hired as the new technology assistant to help Becky Short with technology issues, inventory and e-rate filing. Her role will involve non-traditional hours, as needed, such as on holidays and before and after school.

The board approved a job description for transportation coordinator Ryan Eberly. Eberly will be trained by Molly Graf who will be retiring. Eberly will have office space available at the school when needed, but much of the job can be conducted via cell phone.

The positions filled by Bentley and Eberly were approved through June 30, 2014.

The substitute pay rate for cafeteria, secretarial and study hall positions was increased to match the new state minimum wage of $7.85 an hour.

DONATIONS—A donation from Christian Church Disciples Women’s Fellowship was accepted to aid elementary students with basic clothing needs.

The Fulton County Pork Producers gave $350 for educational instruction in the Family Consumer Science Classes and $700 for FFA purposes.

True North Church gave $282 to cover the cost of reduced-price lunches during the month of December 2012.

SCHOLARSHIP—Board members approved guidelines and criteria for the Nora Nash Smith Scholarship.

EMERGENCY—The board approved a revised Emergency Plan for the district, covering a variety of situations from drug overdoses to intruders.

FIELDS—The board further discussed development of outdoor athletic facilities. The Buehrer Group engineering firm will prepare a contract for the board to consider.

CASINO REVENUE—Fayette is scheduled to receive $9,377 in revenue from casinos located in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. The funds are apportioned based on enrollment figures.

Other area schools receiving revenue include Swanton, $28,197; Delta, $27,440; Archbold, $26,669; Evergreen, $25,998; and Pettisville, $10,616.

CLOSED—The board met in a closed session for more than an hour to discuss a personnel issue.

TURBINE—A replacement part arrived from the Netherlands and the school wind turbine is back in operation.

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    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.
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    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.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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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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