Fayette school board 2013.05.15

Written by David Green.

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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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