Fayette school board 2013.01.23

Written by David Green.

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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    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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