By DAVID GREEN
Fayette has new girls basketball coaches in place for the next season, along with a new athletic director.
Former Archbold coach Kevin Miller was selected to serve as the varsity girls coach, taking over for Tim Nicely. Miller coached at Archbold from 1998 to 2008, and now wishes to return to the basketball court. He comes with many positive recommendations, said school treasurer Kelly Bentley.
Miller was given a three-year contract.
Fayette graduate Barb Figgins was given a one-year contract to serve as the junior varsity girls coach. Figgins has extensive coaching experience.
The athletic director position will be filled by Hilary (Stockburger) Opdycke, who was also given a one-year contract. More than 20 people applied for the job, Bentley said, although many were seeking a position that would include teaching or administrative work. Opdycke, Fayette graduate, studied health and physical education at Defiance College.
Head boys basketball coach Todd Mitchell was given a three-year contract renewal, beginning in the 2014 season. One-year contracts were approved for Geoffrey Gilmore, seventh grade girls basketball; Brad Raby, eighth grade girls basketballs; Matt Maginn, junior varsity boys basketball; Ryan Colegrove, freshman and varsity assistant boys basketball; Andy Richardson, eighth grade boys basketball; and Nick Ramos, seventh grade boys basketball.
CONTRACTS—A three-year contract renewal was approved for Steve Snider as director of maintenance, with salary and benefits remaining at the current level.
A five-year renewal was approved for district treasurer Kelly Bentley, beginning Aug. 1, 2014. Her salary and benefits will also remain the same.
FOOD SERVICE—Chris Hylander was hired to serve as the new director of food services for the next school year. She will be paid $22,000 for 200 work days. Hylander has worked with the district's food service program for more than five years.
ATHLETICS—The district's athletic handbook was approved, with a policy change that prohibits granting awards and certificates of participation to students who are not able to complete a season for academic reasons.
FINANCIAL—Board members approved the final modifications of appropriations for the current fiscal year and also approved temporary appropriations for the next year. District treasurer Kelly Bentley expects to know the final financial outcome of the 2013 year in July.
DONATIONS—The board approved several donations and a transfer: the transfer of $78.62 from the Class of 2013 Fund to the High School Principal’s Fund; 11 basketballs, 15 volleyball jerseys, 15 boys basketball uniforms, 15 girls basketball uniforms and basketball skill training equipment from the Fayette Athletic Boosters, valued at $4,244; $250 from the PTO to the National Honor Society for assisting with the pancake/sausage supper and carnival; $27.76 from an anonymous donator for the Gleason Scholarship Award; and $60 from Fayette Foundation for the academic awards ceremony.
SCHOLARSHIPS—Tiffany Bates was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Gleason Scholarship ($100) and the 2013 Nora Nash Scholarship ($2,500).
ARCHERY—The board accepted guidelines from the National Archery in the Schools Program to cover a two-week class as part of the physical education program. Grants are available to districts that comply with the guidelines.
INSURANCE—Property insurance with the Hylant Group was approved at a cost of $23,648 through the Ohio School Plan. The cost shows an increase of about 10 percent.
FOOD—The low bids through Northwest Ohio Shared Services were accepted from Nickels Bakery and Reiter Dairy for the 2013-14 school year.
FEES—Elementary school student fees will remain at $45 for the next year while the high school fee increases by $10.