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Headlines for Friday, October 18, 2013

The Fairfield Community High School Board voted Thursday night to consolidate the jobs of Superintendent and Principal starting the 2014-2015 school year. The jobs will be combined following the retirement of current Supt. David Savage.  Board members say the move could save the district as much as $70,000 a year.  A committee has been formed to come up with a list of traits and qualities the new principal/superintendent must possess.  The vote to consolidate the jobs was unanimous with board member J.C. McDuffee absent.

FCHS board members are questioning why FCHS math scores are so low. Math performance is measured by the PSAE exam. The percentage of FCHS students meeting or exceeding state standards in mathematics stands at 38.8 percent. That is compared to the state average of 51.6%. School officials say that a number of programs have been implemented to address the problem.

The mayor of Bridgeport, Ill. has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of mail fraud and obstruction of justice.  Max R. Schauf, 56 has also been ordered to pay $54,288 in restitution to the city.  His co-defendant, Paul R. Kramer of Vincennes, IN has entered a guilty plea to a charge of lying to an FBI agent. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31.

The Fairfield Lions Club will hold its annual Candy Day event this Saturday, collecting money for various Lions Club programs, including screening units for hearing and vision.

The 11th annual ARF Car, Truck and Bike show is this Sunday on the courthouse square in downtown Fairfield. Registration will be from 9 until noon. Matt Kinney will be serving BBQ and “Deuce” Garrett will provide the music. Proceeds will help ARF end pet overpopulation by offering spay/neuter coupons to low-income pet guardians and feral cat caregivers in Wayne County.

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