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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 schools receives federal grants 4.08.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci and the county’s other 11 public school districts are in line to share in $5.4 million in “emergency education funding” through the federal Recovery Act, but it’s not as simple as taking the money and putting it to good use, warns Superintendent of Schools Kyle Griffith.

He intends to evaluate the offer carefully to avoid creating services that will suddenly lack funding when the Recovery Act expires.

All the county funds are for Title I low-income programs and IDEA special education needs.

Morenci is offered $93,512 in Title I-A funding for programs in low-income communities, and $192,000 in IDEA funding for special education and related services to students with disabilities.

Both grants represent increases to existing funding in those two programs.

“The Recovery Act funds come with very specific details of how they are to be used,” Griffith said.

As an example, he pointed out that a bus is needed for transporting special needs children, but money for a bus purchase would have to come out of the general fund.

“The Recovery Act will help in the designated areas of Title I and IDEA, yet it does not give us the ability to invest in other areas that are needed for operation or general staffing,” Griffith said.

“Although the funds will be helpful, we must be careful in making the necessary financial adjustments so that in a year or two when the Recovery Act is done, we are not stuck with an increased deficit position.”

The funding won’t help the district cope with the deficit budget situation related to declining enrollment, Griffith said. The board of education must continue with the staff cuts announced last month.

On the other hand, the funding should allow the district to improve student achievement for at-risk and special needs students.

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