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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette school board OKs fair week vacation 12.19

Written by David Green.

Fair Week vacation is back on the schedule for Fayette students.

After voting down a motion last month to eliminate vacation during the week of the Fulton County Fair, the Gorham Fayette Board of Education voted Monday to reconsider a vacation resolution.

This time board president Kelly Bentley joined Fred Stockburger and Terry Kovar in supporting a motion stating that the district will not be in session during Fulton County fair week. David Brinegar and Paula Schaffner remained opposed to the motion.

Bentley told the board that new information was received since last month’s meeting. She said that 33 percent of the student body is “affected by fair week.”

In addition, she said the school district has shown academic improvement and is no longer on academic watch.

For the past three years, students have been given three days off during the fair, starting with the Labor Day holiday on Monday and Jr. Fair Day on Tuesday.

Last month, instructor Suzette Boesger told board members that she represented a majority of the teaching staff in stating opposition to the vacation so soon after the start of school. Elementary principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer also expressed opposition to the days off.

While the board met in a closed session Monday, Boesger disputed the 33 percent figure. After checking with the county extension service, she concluded there are 60 students involved in 4-H or about 14 percent of the school population.

She said last month that involvement in 4-H projects doesn’t necessarily equate to the need for three days off from classes.

WATER—Eric Wiemken, construction engineer for the new school project, told board members a decision was made to install a submerged water tank at the school property. The 15,000 gallon tank would supply the fire department with an hour of water when pumped at 250 gallons a minute. If needed, the water would be obtained through a hydrant.

The cost of the tank has not yet been determined, Wiemken said.

Wiemken also told the board that a proposal to form a loop in the water line was abandoned when calculations determined that would not solve the flow problem.

Water flow on the new school site has been a concern after tests indicated the flow is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the fire suppression system

A sufficient flow was measured at a village hydrant on Rehn Drive, about 1,000 feet from the school, but the flow diminishes at the school.

Board member Terry Kovar asked how the buried tank would be funded and Wiemken said it would come from the contingency fund.

“Did you ever figure out where we went wrong?” Kovar asked, noting that initially engineers determined that flow would be sufficient. “Was there an error in the calculations? I’d really like to understand this.”

“We have enough water within a thousand feet,” added trustee Fred Stockburger.

Wiemken said there’s “line loss” in the stretch to the school.

“I don’t buy that,” Stockburger said.

When the water travels from the village water tower to Rehn Drive with sufficient flow, it shouldn’t lose that much pressure in the final thousand feet, Stockburger said.

Wiemken said he would have architect Jim Price contact board members for an explanation.

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