Fayette school board 2013.04.10

Written by David Green.


Bids are due May 2 for work on the first phase of Fayette High School's athletic fields project.

Board of education members voted Monday to allow the Buehrer Group architectural firm to advertise for services to complete underground work, prepare the soil base for athletic fields and to seed the area.

The cost of the first phase of the project was estimated a year ago at about $93,000. More than half of that figure was expected to come from construction of a 24-inch drain tile and laying a water line from the school to the concession stand area. 

Other costs include a topographical study, field tile, a sanitary sewer line, a catch basin and pump station.

Phase II of the project would include drainage and grading of the ball fields, clay for the infields, and a stone base for the running track.

The athletic facilities would be located east of the school. The cost of Phase I will be paid by a special fund started following the settlement of the Charles Climo estate.

RESIGNATION—Board member Karen King announced her impending resignation, effective June 28. The board will appoint someone to fill her term through the end of the year, but that person would have to run for office in the November election in order to remain on the board. King’s term was to have ended Dec. 31, 2015.

The terms of three other board members expire this year: David Brinegar, Pam Seiler and Deb Leininger.

King said she intends to devote more time to building her church that opened last year.

LUNCH—Lunch prices will increase by 10 cents next year and milk will increase by five cents. Lunch prices for K-6 students will increase to $2.30 and for 7-12 grades to $2.60. Adult prices will be set at $3.50. Milk will cost 50 cents.

DONATIONS—Four donations were accepted by board members. The Fayette PTO donated $6,342 to purchase eight iPads, eight netbooks and two mobile carts for the devices.

Karen Brown donated three hand-held Senteo clickers to replace broken ones, valued at $180. The clickers are used by students to answer questions from their seats. An anonymous donor paid for an $88 computer graphics card.

The athletic booster group donated $298 to buy a time clock for the weight training room and $535 for pole vault equipment.

NwOESC—The board approved a contract for services provided by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the 2014 fiscal year.

HANDBOOK—Changes to the high school student handbook were approved.

FFA—The board approved an FFA trip to Carrollton from June 24 to 28 and a trip to the state convention May 2 to 3.

COACHES—The following coaching positions were approved for the 2013-14 school year: Lindsey A. Schaffner, co-coach for varsity and junior high cheerleading (another coach is being sought); Bryan Stambaugh, varsity cross country; Matt Maginn, assistant varsity and junior high cross country; Matt Schaffner, varsity and JV volleyball co-coach, along with Danni Keefer; Sarah Wieland, seventh grade volleyball; and Amy Herman, eighth grade volleyball.

  • 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.
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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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    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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