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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Fayette school board 2.20

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s board of education looked at a plan Monday night that should help relieve traffic congestion when the new school opens later this year.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm presented a drawing for a second entry drive onto the school property off County Road R.

The second drive would intersect the front parking lot on the west edge and serve as a convenient entry for parents driving students to school.

Drivers will be able to drop children off in front of the school, then loop around and leave by the same drive, without entering the main traffic path used by school buses and students who are driving themselves to school.

The second drive will enhance safety by splitting up traffic flow, Price said, and it will provide another entry in the case of an accident in the main entrance.

The second drive will be bid as part of the final paving project, but if the cost is too high, funds from the building project contingency fund could be used. About a quarter million dollars of the original $682,000 contingency remains, Price said, and that includes the cost of the storage tank for fire fighting.

“We’re doing very well in that respect,” he said.

Eighty percent of what isn’t used in the contingency fund will go back to Columbus, noted superintendent of schools Russ Griggs.

A long-term goal calls for construction of a road at the back of the school that would connect with Rehn Drive to the west, Griggs said.

BIDS—Board members gave Price the authority to send out specifications for the final two bid packages for the new school.

Bids will be accepted for the top coat paving in the drive and parking lot, striping in the parking areas and the construction of the second drive.

The second package will cover landscape plantings.

The only bid package remaining—though not part of the new school—is the demolition of the old buildings. According to the agreement with DH Holdings, buildings are to be leveled within three months of completion of the new school, Price said, although there’s a possibility for an extension of the deadline.

Price said pricing on a 15,000 gallon submerged water tank for use by the fire department came in at $55,767. The state facilities building program approved the engineering plan and a building permit has been obtained.

School board members scheduled a tour of the new school at 5:45 p.m. before the regular March 17 meeting at 7 p.m.

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