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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.

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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