Fees increase for next school year■ Remodeling, construction project begins at Fairfield High School
The Fairfield School Board Monday approved increased fees for the 2014-15 school year, and eliminated the $10 towel fee that was charged to students sixth grade through high school.
Book fees for elementary and middle school students increase $1, and $5 for high school students. Students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade will have a regular book fee of $40; or $20 with a partial waiver; and a full waiver means there is no charge. Middle school students, fifth through eighth grades, will pay a regular book fee of $45 and $22.50 with a partial waiver. High school students will have a book fee of $55 and with a partial waiver, $27.50.
Waivers for fees are connected to filing with the school district and reporting household income that determines eligibility for free or reduced lunch. Contact the district office or building principal for more information or to apply.
Meal prices, breakfast and lunch, will increase 5-cents at all levels in the 2014-15 school year.
The increase is necessary to help offset the cost of the nutrition fund operations, said Fred McElwee, auxiliary services director.
“We need to implement this increase to meet the requirement of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” he said.
Student lunches will be $2.25 at full price for prekindergarten through fourth grades. A 20-count milk ticket is $6.
Student lunches in grade five through high school will be $2.40 full price.
Breakfast for all grades will be $1.50 full price. Reduced lunch for all grades is 40 cents, reduced breakfast is 30 cents, and extra milk or juice is 30 cents each.
Instrumental music fees are $25 maximum per family; $10 each for students in sixth through eighth grades, and $15 each for high school students.
Activity fees remain the same, said Activity Director Jeff Courtright.
“With the football realignment, we are having conversations among the conference schools because some have differing prices. We’re trying to come up with a fair solution,” he said. “I’ll always recommend an activity pass as the best economic deal.”
Activity tickets are $120 for a family all season pass; a high school student pass is $30; a middle school student pass is $20; and an adult all season pass is $60. A Senior Golden Pass for people age 62 or older is $20.
High school parking permits are available for $20 at the high school office after presenting a valid driver’s license.
Courtright also reported ticket sales for the Trojan varsity baseball trip to Bush Stadium in St. Louis July 6 have sold well.
“We were asked to sell 900 tickets, and we sold all of those and bought 160 more from Wilton High School and sold those,” said Courtright. “We bought 60 more tickets from the Cardinals organization. The baseball parents have really been supportive and worked to get tickets sold.”
Courtright also said there is some interest in naming the football field for a former football coach and activity director, Pearl Smith. The stadium would remain Trojan Stadium.
High school project starts
McElwee reported district staff worked to empty the auto shop and wrestling room after school dismissed and contractors are on-site, beginning the 15-month remodeling and construction project at the high school.
“We had a pre-construction meeting May 28 with our construction manager team Carl Nelson, the architect team, general contractor and some sub-contractors,” said McElwee. “We went over the dos and don’ts, safety, and stressed communication. Any request for information from contractors has to go through the construction manager and be approved by the architect. We’ve already had 10-15 RFI gone through.
“If a school board member wants to visit the construction site, check in with the construction manager first,” said McElwee. “I’ll schedule a board tour sometime in August when the project is further along.”
Carl A. Nelson is occupying a district building on the north side of the high school campus and has its sign on the outside wall. Temporary fencing is up and heavy equipment is on site, so people cannot walk around the area without permission.
McElwee asked the school board what type, how frequent and how detailed it wanted to receive updates about the Fairfield High School remodeling and construction project. He asked if a written summary, a presentation from the construction management team or detailed reports were favored.
“I’d like a once a month update, but if it’s too costly, let’s not,” said board member Phil Miller.
Other board members agreed they wanted updates or summaries on progress because the community often asks questions board members need to be able to answer.
Monday the board accepted resignations from:
• Joseph Cukierski, FHS chemistry/physics teacher for four years, and student council sponsor.
“Mr. Cukierski leaving is a big loss,” said Superintendent Art Sathoff. “We were very happy to have him teaching here. He has a good rapport with students and has been an Authentic Intellectual Work leader.”
• Elizabeth Knight, FHS English teacher for two years, and Troy Banner sponsor.
“Liz Knight also has been a good teacher and will be missed,” said Sathoff.
• Amanda Jarvis as fall season middle school cheerleading coach for four years.
• Beth Payne as high school wrestling cheerleading coach.
• Taylor Hjerleid as seventh/eighth grade girls basketball coach.
• Cole Boatright as fall season strength coach.
• Doug Vorhies, cook at Pence Elementary School.
• Ranita Shelby, cook at Pence Elementary School.
• Bennett Magnino, FHS library associate.
And one retirement from Katherine Pumphrey, a cook at FHS.
The board also approved a job termination of FHS associate Mary Rose Reynolds.
The board approved hiring:
• Rose Pugh, FHS special education teacher as summer school teacher at FHS.
• Rose Smith for kindergarten teacher at Pence Elementary School.
• Jerrod Belzer, Fairfield Middle School teacher, for seventh/eighth grade head girls basketball coach.
• Taylor Hjerleid, an elementary teacher, for ninth grade assistant girls basketball coach.
• Anna Copeland, cook at Libertyville Elementary School.
• Emily Slechta as special education associate at FMS.
• Jessic Haro-Ponce as special education associate at FMS.
• Robert “Steve” Presley as special education associate at FMS.