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 school board 7.30

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette Local Schools has a full teaching staff ready for the 2008-09 school year following a hiring decision July 21.

Board members voted at the regular July meeting to hire Sarah Skolmowski to serve as junior high and high school physical education and health teacher. She will also coach the seventh grade volleyball team.

Penny Vanvlerah of West Unity was hired to serve as media specialist, assisted by Stacy Wise on a part-time basis. Both staff members will be paid on a per diem (per day) schedule.

Vanvlerah recently retired from the West Unity school district. After helping to set up the media center in the new school, Wise will work in the facility when Vanvlerah isn’t available.

COACHES—A contract was rescinded for Michala Riegsecker who decided not to serve as co-coach in the volleyball program. Steve Schrock was hired as eighth grade girls basketball coach.

SALARY—Pay increases were approved for the two principals and the athletic director.

Board members met in a closed session for 45 minutes to discuss employment and compensation issues.

TURBINE—The board approved the use of $9,800 of the remaining construction funds for the first phase of a wind turbine project. The work will be done by Engineered Process Systems of Huron, Ohio.

DEFICIT—District treasurer Angel Adamski told board members that the 2007-08 fiscal year deficit came in at about $93,000. That amount was less than anticipated, superintendent Russ Griggs said later. Griggs said the district is in very good financial condition.

INVENTORY–Valuation Engineers will be paid $3,025 to update the district’s inventory and to conduct a property appraisal.

COMPUTERS—The Northwest Ohio Computer Association will be paid $20,511 for the annual membership fee for services provided in the next school year.

FEES—The board approved student fees, including $35 for accounting classes, $17.50 for agriculture education and $15 for foods classes. The fee is $10 for several others. High school and junior high students will also pay $7 for a planner and $3 for computer use.

The $45 fee for elementary students help cover materials other than textbooks.

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