By DAVID GREEN
Fayette Board of Education members approved three-year contracts for three administrators and accepted the resignation of another.
Three-year agreements were accepted for superintendent Erik Belcher and principal Jon Molter through July 31, 2020, and three percent salary increases will begin Aug. 1, 2016.
Treasurer Kelly Bentley was also given a three-year contract that runs from August 2019 through July 2022. Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, she will receive a three percent salary increase and an annual $2,000 increase for serving as technology assistant.
The board also accepted the resignation of Gene Rupp. Rupp was hired in 2013 to serve as Director of Digital Services to implement the Fayette Digital Academy and to help with other chores including staff evaluations and increasing opportunities for gifted students.
His resignation is effective July 31.
BOND—Board members voted to retain the firm of Peck, Shaffer and Williams to serve as bond counsel. The board was scheduled to meet at 7:30 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) to discuss seeking voter approval of a levy for physical improvements at the school.
TAX RATES—The following tax rates were approved: General Fund Inside Millage, 4.5 mills, expected to bring in $295,423; General Fund Outside Millage, 43.2 mills, expected to bring in $1,127,415; Bond Outside Millage, 3.2 mills, expected to bring in $210,781; Permanent Improvement (Maintenance): Outside Millage, 0.50 mills, expected to bring in $18,325.
BALL–The board approved the creation of several new spending accounts to cover the operation of the summer ball program. The school took over operation of the program from the village and will organize teams for the first time this spring.
A new account called Student Rewards and Incentives was also created.
DONATIONS—The board accepted the donation of $2,500 for the FFA club through the Monsanto Fund. Jeff Martin applied for the grant and named the FFA as the beneficiary. Monsanto has given money for agricultural programs across the country since 2010.
The board also accepted a donation of $792 from the Class of 2016 Parent Support Group to help cover senior trip expenses.
INTERNET—Board members approved a three-year contract with NBEC/NWOCA for internet access service through June 30, 2019.
NWOCA was chosen to provide an upgrade for the school’s internal network to 10G capability at a cost of $50,569. An E-Rate funded discount brings the cost down to $35,996.
COLLEGE—The board voted to enter into collective and individual agreements with Ohio colleges and universities for terms related to the College Credit Plus Program that will be implemented throughout Ohio during the 2016-17 school year.
FFA—Approval was given for FFA members to attend the Washington Leadership Conference from June 7 to 12; Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum at Carrollton, Ohio, from June 27 to July 1; and the State FFA Convention May 5 and 6.
NHS—The board accepted a revised National Honor Society application and rubric guidelines.
COACH—Scott Brubaker was approved as a volunteer assistant softball coach.
CLOSED—The board met in a closed session for half an hour to discuss a personnel issue.