By DAVID GREEN
The Fayette school district will spend about $70,000 for the purchase of computers and furniture to help equip a virtual school. Funding comes from a $3.4 million grant through the Ohio Straight A Fund that Fayette is administering.
Fayette is one of 16 schools in a consortium working together to develop online virtual classrooms.
As administrator of the grant, Fayette’s board of education March 10 approved the purchase of equipment from Apple totaling $508,273 and equipment from Global Ed totaling $521,783.
Gene Rupp, who is overseeing the project, explained that some school districts are Mac based while others use PCs.
“The technology requests are quite varied with many different makes and models,” he said.
Rupp said that a final decision on Fayette’s own equipment needs is nearing, along with a decision on what part of the school to use for the virtual school.
DONATIONS—Board members accepted a $500 donation from Don’s Automotive Group, to be divided evenly between the music department and the athletic department.
An anonymous donation of $135 was approved for the purchase of Fayette Junior/Senior Prom Invitations.
First Federal Bank donated $69.70 to purchase wallet diplomas for 2014 graduates, and Sarah Altstaetter gave $325 to the Class of 2014 to purchase senior T-shirts.
AGREEMENTS—A contract was approved for the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center to provide services to Fayette Local School for fiscal year 2015.
CONSORTIUM—Northwest Ohio Computer Association will be paid $453 annually to provide Collaboration Managed Services for Fayette Virtual Academy.
STAFFING—Wellness Committee members are Andrea Jacobs, Kami Downing, Carol Burkholder, Sarah Altstaetter, Pamela Schultz, Rebecca Nelson and Sarah Weiland.
Geoffrey Gilmore and Tyler Downing will serve as co-coaches for the junior high track team.
Paula Bird and Aston Baker were approved as track volunteers, pending proper background checks.
CLOSED—The board met in a closed session for 85 minutes to discuss personnel issues.