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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 9.17

Written by David Green.

Plans for demolition of the old Fayette school buildings is moving forward and auction dates are set for the sale of furnishings.

Demolition bids were expected to be opened yesterday, Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm told board of education members Monday night. Third contractors requested bid specifications, he said, although he didn’t expect bids from all of them.

In answer to a question asked at previous time, Price said the Franklin building demolition will include all foundation material, including that which is below ground.

Demolition is scheduled to begin Oct. 13. The work at the Franklin building should be finished by Nov. 4 and the main building will be completed by Dec. 3.

Jerry Schaffner was hired by the board to serve as auctioneer for the schools’ furnishings and materials. An auction is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Franklin building and from 10 a.m. until finished Oct. 4 at the main buildings.

STORAGE—Price told that board that plans are complete for the storage building at the new school. Plans will be reviewed with the administration to make sure everything is covered before the plans are sent to the Ohio School Facility Commission office in Columbus for approval.

Superintendent Russ Griggs noted that construction must meet OSFC specifications and that drives the price up compared to the cost of private individual erecting a similar building.

Price said that since no water line will be laid to the new pole-construction building, the proposed 360-foot sanitary line will not be needed.

A floor drain will collect any moisture from inside the building and that will be routed to a catch drain.

Price said the building will be located near the edge of an asphalt area. That would make connection of utilities easier should the board decide to add water service to the building in the future.

Seeding of the school grounds was expected to begin this week.

UTILITIES—Board member David Brinegar asked about the cost of utilities in the new school compared to the older buildings.

Griggs said the costs have initially increased from about $50,000 to $90,000. District treasurer Angel Adamski said she spoke with representatives from other districts that have new schools through the OSFC program and learned that utilities generally double. She used that anticipated increase in budget projections.

Griggs expects costs to come down some as the components are fine-tuned. In addition, he said, many components of the system operated non-stop during construction but aren’t used in the same way during operation of the school.

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