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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.

Morenci school board 7.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area Schools will try out a private cleaning service in an effort to trim costs.

When custodian Howard Tew retires at the end of July, C&D Cleaning of Camden will begin cleaning the high school. The company will be given an one-month trial period that could lead to a one-year contract.

Five bids were received for the work and references were checked for each.

“C&D had the most positive remarks from reference checks,” said school finance director Erica Metcalf.

The district should save at least $15,000 the first year, she said, but added, “We want to make sure it’s the right fit.”

Savings will be due largely to the absence of health insurance coverage and retirement pay.

Superintendent of Schools Kyle Griffith said hiring a private firm isn’t the direction he wants to take, but continuing budget problems force the district to look at cost-saving options.

The positive side of the move is that it only involves the high school, he said.

“We’ve worked closely with the union on it and we’re not eliminating anyone,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity to give it a shot.”

Tew is also involved in some maintenance projects that won’t be covered by the cleaning service, but Griffith intends to hire Kevin Wilson to do miscellaneous jobs when needed.

“He’s done a lot of work on a volunteer basis over the years,” Griffith said, by helping his wife, Lori, who serves as the elementary school custodian.

Griffith considers the Wilson position similar to a substitute teacher—hired when needed but not part of the school staff.

Athletic director Tim Kruse is expected to continue handling some maintenance duties and will be given athletic scheduling assistance from Joe Farquhar...

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