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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    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 board approves teacher contracts 4.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s teachers have a new three-year contract and both sides are praising the other for the cooperative effort.

School board members approved the new contract unanimously Monday at the April meeting.

Superintendent Russ Griggs described the negotiation process as very non-confrontational, with give and take from both sides.

“It was a good process and a good reflection of the attitude and professionalism of the staff,” he said.

Teacher Suzette Boesger, representing the teachers’ association, said that feeling was shared by the staff negotiating team. She called the process a welcome change from some past negotiations.

Griggs said the union accepted a change in health insurance that results in higher deductible charges for staff. However, the savings to the district from that move will cover the cost of a pay increase.

The base salary will increase by 3.0 percent for the 2008-09 school year and by 2.5 percent in 2009-10. The contract language is set for three years, he said, but the salary portion only can be reopened for the final year of the pact.

Among other changes, maternity leave was clarified and limits are placed on the number of days available without the certification of a doctor.

Griggs said another mark of success was that no legal counsel was hired by negotiations.

“That saved thousands of dollars that can be spent on education instead,” he said.

 

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