YAC … Dr. Karen King, attended Fayette School Board of Education meeting on December 19 to informs the Board on the Fulton County Health Departments Program, Youth Advisory Council (YAC). YAC is a program that was created as a Youth Leadership for students in the County. (PHOTOS BY LINDSAY PHILLIPS, STAFF)
By: Lindsay Phillips
Fayette School Board of Education began their last meeting of 2022 on December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Conference Room.
Following a roll call with all members present minutes from the November 21 meeting were approved.
Dr. Karen King spoke during public participation and shared, “First I want to thank the school on behalf of the Fayette Ministerial Association for bringing a group of students to our Community Christmas Caroling last night, they were great and really appreciated, we hope this can become a yearly thing.”
King then spoke regarding the Fulton County Health Departments Youth Advisory Council Program (YAC).
YAC is a youth leadership development group made up of 50 Fulton County high school students.
YAC students make a positive change in the community by helping evaluate and assess community health issues, create and implement plans to address identified issues, build peer support and lifelong friendships, develop leadership and communication skills, learn advocacy and the power of youth voice.
YAC has been operating since 2012 and led by the Youth Leadership Board that organizes opportunities for involvement for general YAC Members.
These members meet monthly to develop and strengthen leadership skills.
King also shared a few quotes that have been said by participating YAC members, which were all encouraging. King is hoping to have another Fayette student participate in YAC.
Superintendent Angela Belcher gave her report and stated, “We’ve had a lot of donations come in to send supplies home with kids and food home with kids and coats and mittens and fun bouncy houses, I think we’ve put it to good use.”
Treasurer Kelly Bentley was next to give her report. Bentley announced that the state auditors are here and added, “They’ve been here a couple weeks and I’m hoping only a couple more weeks.”
Bentley ended her report with, “Our interest rate on our non-active funds is at 2% and it’s getting closer to where we ended off at COVID with 2.48%.”
High School Principal Jon Molter followed with his report by addressing Dr. King.
Molter stated, “I’m glad that went well with our students, we came up with the idea because were a little smaller of a choir group and we wanted them to still be able to showcase themselves in a more intimate situation and I think it went really well.”
Motler spoke regarding the schools recent Emergency Preparedness Training on Friday, December 16.
Motler stated, “You couldn’t be more proud.” Molter added, “We had evaluators that said they were really impressed with our students and how well they were prepared.”
Motler went on to state, “The kids were thinking on their feet, they left the classroom, and some grabbed some UNO cards because they knew it was going to be a certain kind of drill and it was neat to see the teachers interact with the kids the way they did.”
The last report given was by Technology Coordinator Jerry Schaffner. Schaffner shared, “We are going to continue with cyber security, we did have an incident on Thursday, we had a phishing, and it was a breech to get into the accounts.”
The situation was quickly solved having already enforced multi-factor authentication.
Financial reports for the month of November 2022, were approved by the board.
Jason Kessler was nominated by President Kirk Keiser, to be a Presidential Pro-Tempore for the January 2023 Board of Education Organizational Meeting, which was scheduled for January 9, 2023, before the regular Board of Education Meeting.
The following agreements, policies and staffing Items were approved by the board:
- The Annual Membership with Ohio School Boards Association for January-December 2023 for $4,681.00.
- A Bus Lease-Purchase Agreement with Huntington Public Capital Corporation to purchase the three new buses for $371,559.00 for four years ending December 15, 2026. First payment will be $135,00.00 (from the Fiscal Year 2022 Bus Grant) and four remaining payments of $66,573.02
- The monthly substitute list for teachers and paras from NwoESC for fiscal year 2023.
- One-year supplemental contract for Kruce Miller for baseball assistant for Fiscal Year 2023.
- Tanner Wagner and Bruce Miller as baseball volunteer pending proper references and background checks.
Fayette Board of Education entered an executive session at 6:46 p.m. to discuss administration and supervisors receiving a 25th payroll check in December of 2022. The executive session concluded at 6:54 p.m., and the revisions list of administration and supervisors to receive a 25th payroll check in December 2022 of 1.5% of base pay (coincide with classified union members language July 1, 2020 – June 2023) for Angie Belcher, Kelly Bentley, Jon Molter, Olivia Selgo, Amy Gorsuch, Kori Sliwinski, Jerry Schaffner, Kourtney Kessler and Jasmine Balser was approved.
Fayette Schools 2023-2024 school calendar was approved by the Board following a unanimous vote.
With no business left on the evening’s agenda, the meeting was adjourned at 6:56 p.m.
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