Fayette school board 2013.05.15

Written by David Green.


The Fayette Board of Education worked through a variety of personnel issues at its regular monthly meeting Monday, ranging from coaches to teachers.

Following a 90-minute closed session, the board returned to the regular meeting and voted 4-1 against offering Tim Nicely a contract for a third year as girls varsity basketball coach. Only David Brinegar voted in favor of the contract.

About 30 members of the public attended the meeting, but all discussion on the issue occurred in the closed session.

The board met in secret shortly after the meeting began. After about half an hour of discussion, John Griffiths was invited in for an additional 30 minutes. Jonathon and Jacqulyn Bates were invited in next, and finally Coach Nicely was admitted for about 20 minutes.

After voting against Nicely’s contract, the board also rejected an offer by secondary principal Dan Feasel to serve as a voluntary assistant coach.

The board also accepted the resignation of athletic director Dave Hoste, effective July 1.

In other personnel issues, the board hired Blake Ruffer to serve as the junior high/high school mathematics teacher for the next school year. He will replace Karen Brown who will be leaving the Fayette staff. Ruffer is a graduate of Defiance College.

Jennifer Cobb was given a one-year contract to continue working as a part-time music teacher for the 2013-14 school year. She was hired last August as a permanent substitute.

Barb Bruggeman was given a one-year contract as a part-time high school mathematics teacher and Sara Weiland was offered a two-year contract as a full-time high school physical education teacher.

Brian Fruchey was hired as the junior high golf coach, Geoffrey Gilmore was approved as a volunteer assistant track coach, and Alissa Stockburger was hired as co-coach for the varsity and junior high cheer-leading teams.

Several paid extensions beyond the current contract year were approved for time up to the maximum listed:

Geoffrey Gilmore, 15 days; Janna Ballmer, five days; Pam Schultz, 40 days; Marge Crowell, five days; and Deb Rupp, five days.

MESSAGES—The board approved a technical service agreement with the Northwest Ohio Computer Association that includes the BLI messaging service to replace the Honeywell system now in use. The service provides voice, e-mail and text messaging to parents to alert them about school events and issues.

EXAM—The board voted to follow a new state requirement for an interim end-of-course examination for American History and American Government. The requirement is only for one year. The exam is described as follows: "The interim end-of-course examinations in American history and American government shall require demonstration of mastery of the American history and American government content in the social studies standards and the historic documents identified in the legislation."

MEDICAID—Board members approved a service agreement with Healthcare Process Consulting, Inc., to manage the district’s Ohio Medicaid School Program reimbursements for 2013-14 at a cost of $2,500.

BONDS—The board approved refunding bonds totaling $3.9 million and $450,000. Final action is scheduled Friday and details about the savings to the district will be available at that time.

PARKING LOT— The board approved an amendment to the parking lot agreement for the former school property on Eagle Street originally signed April 21, 2009, when the district owned the property. The amendment modifies the duration of the time frame from two years to four years. The Village's initial agreement listed the duration incorrectly.

RECOGNITION—Emily Brinegar was given a certificate of recognition for placing first in the region and state in a “fundamental document processing” competition. She will now compete on the national level.

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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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    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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