By DAVID GREEN
Fayette Board of Education members heard a presentation last week from FFA officers about the need for additional space for agricultural classes. The agriculture classroom was designed for 30 students but more than 100 students are enrolled in classes.
Superintendent Erik Belcher said that discussion about construction of an addition to the school has been underway for about a year. An architect has provided preliminary drawings for a 2,900 square foot addition that would attached to the south end of the ag room and extend toward the back parking lot.
Belcher said the addition would be used for an expansion of career preparation—a concept he would like to see begin in the next school year. "I'm really looking to expand career tech opportunities for students," Belcher said. "We're looking to offer apprenticeships for students that could lead to jobs after graduation."
Currently students are lauded at commencement for the college scholarships earned.
"I also want to say that a student has a job with Worthington Steel and will earn $50,000 a year and have colleges costs covered," Belcher said.
He has spoken with other county superintendents about developing career training opportunities.
FIELDS—The architect who worked on the school addition is also providing design work for outdoor athletic facilities. In addition to the need for high school ball fields, Belcher said discussion has also included adding two other diamonds for youth summer ball games.
COACHES—The following spring season coaches were approved: Keith Kline, varsity baseball; Scott Wagner, assistant varsity baseball; Barbara Figgins and Bryan Stambaugh, varsity track; Tyler Downing and Ryan Colegrove, assistant junior high track coaches; Jason Bryant, varsity softball coach; Jennifer Williams, assistant varsity softball.
DONATIONS—The board accepted $200 from Christian Women’s Ministries for student clothing needs and $200 from Miller Bros. Construction for 2016 senior trip participation.
MEMBERSHIP—Board members voted to continue membership in the Ohio School Board Association at the cost of $3,161. Membership includes subscriptions to the association's newsletter for board members and administrators.
TRANSPORTATION—The board approved a shared service agreement with Archbold schools for bus use. The reciprocal agreement could be used to transport FFA students from both schools to competitions, for example. Recently Archbold needed to borrow a Fayette bus for an event.
Fayette could transport Archbold students to extracurricular events and activities, when space is available and proper administrative supervision is provided.
TRAINING—District treasurer Kelly Bentley was chosen as the representative to attend the Ohio Public Record Training on March 4.
PERSONNEL—The board approved two "dock days" for Ivy Kunkle on Dec. 14 and 15 for personal reasons. FLMA leave was granted to Ryan Eberly from Jan. 4 to 10.
NHS—The board voted to amend requirements to join the Fayette National Honor Society. Cumulative grade point average was reduced to 3.3 on a non-weighted grade scale as requirements will begin to include leadership and community service components in addition to academic achievement.