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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.

School bond projects 2.27

Written by David Green.

Griffith pointed to a problem with the elementary school water line as a sample of needs that can’t be neglected. The district paid top dollar for emergency repairs last year, he said, rather than fixing the problem so it won’t happen again.

Other needs include—

Elementary school: Replacement of cracking tile held in place by asbestos adhesive; installing energy efficient windows in the gymnasium; replacing exterior doors that are showing corrosion; replacing corroded plumbing; replacing aging toilet fixtures; repairing areas of the roof; paving the front circle drive.

High school: Addressing mechanical issues with the bleachers; replacing exterior gymnasium doors where corrosion has resulted in rotten wood on the gym floor due to water damage; sanding and refinished the gym floor; replacing several exterior doors due to corrosion; replacing the water pressure tank; replacing shower fixtures in locker rooms.

The middle school bond called for construction of a multi-purpose building for alternative education, physical education, wrestling practice and storage. The structure is completed, but still isn’t in use due to a shortage of funds to finish the interior.

District-wide: The running track has exceeded its estimated life span, but it continues to deteriorate. Nearly 70 cracks  break up the surface, in addition to several areas where the rubber surface is missing. Time and money is spent every year patching the surface in an effort to prevent injuries. The bond would cover the cost of a new track. With a properly laid foundation, only the top surface would need to be replaced in the future. The facility is used frequently by district residents, as well as for athletic events and physical education class.

Griffith said that more than $20,000 is spent annually on a variety of upgrades and maintenance for computers, software, internet service, etc. Bond money would pay for new technology equipment, proper wiring and maintenance of the existing equipment.

“What we have and how we apply it is adequate,” Griffith said, “but it always needs updating.”

New funds would also cover instructional needs such as smartboards, projectors and increased long-distance learning opportunities.

The board will also explore energy-saving initiatives and perhaps take what Griffith calls some simple steps to make the district a shade of “green”—both for cost savings and for student involvement.

“We won’t approach it just because it’s trendy,” Griffith said. “It has to make financial sense.”

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