The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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 board must decide fate of Franklin building 3.19

Written by David Green.

When it comes to school facilities in Fayette, the focus is on the new, but don’t forget what will soon be left behind, said superintendent Russell Griggs.

Griggs reminded board of education members Monday that several big decisions lie ahead regarding the disposal of the existing facilities.

“We need to start thinking well in advance of how to dispose of property,” Griggs said, “both buildings and equipment.”

The main set of school buildings in town will be demolished in accordance with the board’s agreement with DH Holdings, the company in charge of cleaning up contamination in the area.

The future of the Franklin building, however, is something for the board to decide.

Griggs suggested that demolition might be the wisest choice because that could alleviate having the structure fall into disrepair and becoming an eyesore.

A potential buyer of the building would have to deal with a faulty water system, the sub-par sewage system and the heating system that needs frequent “patching” to keep it in service.

Board member Kirk Keiser said he’s had a few discussions with people about the building’s future and he’s heard some of them favor demolition.

The board could control who the building is sold to, he said, but it would have no control over what happens to it after it’s sold.

The board is seeking public comment about the issue, but it doesn’t have too long to listen.

Architect Jim Price said that demolition plans should be set by mid-May. Buildings would be torn down in late September or early October.

Griggs pointed out that the state facilities group will pay for 80 percent of Franklin demolition cost if it’s tied in with the other demolition project.

Griggs intends to have public tours of all facilities before they’re torn down to give alumni the opportunity for one last visit.

Regarding school equipment, Griggs told the board that a determination needs to be made of what will be considered surplus and what to do with it.

Material could be sold at auction or sold to a scrap dealer. He’s heard from two local organizations that are interested in certain items.

The existing board policy gives some direction on how to approach the issue, he said, but the board needs to come up with an organized, fair method of disbursing material.

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