Alumnus Donates Homemade 3D Printer To Fayette Schools

A 2008 Fayette Schools graduate has donated a 3D printer he made to the school.

Lukas Garrow designed and built the machine and wants students to use it for hands-on technology, according to a report from Technology Coordinator Becky Short. Garrow wants elementary school students to learn how to use it as well.

Garrow will provide technical support on the 3D printer and with the “g” files the students will use.

Garrow also brought an engine turbine he built using the printer.

The school bus parking area project is progressing.

Superintendent Eric Belcher updated the board on the project and other items.

Armstrong Excavating is doing the work and should be wrapped up soon, weather permitting, Belcher said. The project included laying 8 inches of stone will extend parking for buses and other staff vehicles to accommodate snowplowing and visitors.

Cost estimates for the athletic complex should be available soon.

Sample site plans have been dropped off at the school with plans available for bidders Dec. 19. Bids will be accepted Jan. 4 and opened Jan. 25.

The timelines for the AG/Athletic complex should mirror each other. The AG should be done by the start of school with the complex shortly thereafter.

The district will be receiving a refund of $21,637.48 from the Northern Buckeye Education Council.

Fayette Local Schools has received a large donation for one of its sports programs.

The Board of Education accepted an anonymous donation of $5,057.28 for the Mini Eagles Basketball Program at its regular meeting Dec. 12. The board also accepted a donation of $2,349.10 from the athletic boosters for archery, poms and cheerleader equipment.

In action items, the board:

Appointed Kirk Keiser as president pro-tempore for the organizational meeting Jan. 11. The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Art Room.

Appointed Leo Wixom to a seven-year term to the Normal Memorial Library Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2023.
Accepted the resignation of preschool teacher Lacy Stambaugh, effective Dec. 31.

Crowdfunding such as “go fund me” approaches must be approved by the superintendent. All papers must be filled out and filed first. Any funds and inventory will become property of the school if it relates to the district.

An Afterschool program for the district’s youngest students will start Jan. 5. The program will run from 2:50 to 5 p.m. and be administered by two different teachers.

While the move to four bus routes has gone well, the addition of preschool students has left buses packed. Belcher told the board a review of the situation will be required at the end of the school year.

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