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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Fayette school board 3.18.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette school board members Monday night approved staff cuts and reassignment of duties for the 2009-10 school year in an effort to balance out declining revenue.

Superintendent Russ Griggs described the cuts as a “middle of the road” approach to operational reductions. Additional cuts, he said, will result in the elimination of educational programs.

Layoff notices will be sent to staff affected by the cuts in accord with contract language.

Two elementary school teaching jobs will be eliminated and two classrooms will become multi-age classes. In addition, two tutoring positions will be cut and the library assistant status will change from the teacher level to an aide.

The elementary principal will take over the role of educational supervisor which is now provided by an outside source. A reduction in custodial services will result in 0.5 full time equivalency, and two positions will be eliminated—the special education paraprofessional and the technology assistant.

In addition, the superintendent will take an additional 60-day reduction in time on the job, taking his status to about half time.

The total savings from cuts and reassignments equals a full-time equivalency of 5.785 staff members.

Operations reductions include a halt in field trips funded by the general fund; and a reduction in services from the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center totaling $11,915 (educational consultant, gifted education supervision and alternative school).

No transfers will be made to the cafeteria fund unless they can be repaid during the fiscal year.


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