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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 bus drivers honored 5.13.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette school bus drivers are recognized this week during National Transportation Week.

“These are the people who get up extra early in the morning and inspect their vehicles before they start picking up students,” said administrative assistant Molly Graf. “We appreciate their willingness to take classes yearly and stay current on the laws and take an extended class they are required to attend every six years.”

Fayette’s bus drivers are Ryan Eberly, Carolee Hartman, Ivy Kunkle and Cheryl Shaffer. The van driver is  Wendi Wyatt.

Substitute bus drivers are Steve Hartman, LaWonda Keefer, Rodney Kessler, Jon Rupp and Rod Sommers.  Chris Hylander is the substitute van driver.

Drivers participate in the School Bus Road-e-o, a competition between drivers around the state to test skill levels. They have done well and plan to enter again this year.

According to a state ranking, the Fayette district does an efficient job of transporting students.

The formula takes into consideration the number of buses and the number of students transported on a daily basis.  The state rewards those schools that do a good job. Fayette ranked eighth out of 602 school districts in the state.

Fayette’s transportation system has the lowest operating cost per mile in the county. The average state cost per mile to operate a bus is $4; Fayette’s cost $2.97.

The other six schools in Fulton County ranged from $3.02 to $5.43 per mile. These figures were provided from the State of Ohio for fiscal year 2007-08.  

Fayette has three bus routes in the morning and four in the afternoon. In addition, a full time van driver provides transportation for preschool and special needs students who attend other schools. Students are transported to seven other school districts on a daily basis, including Four County Career Center. 

Approximately 670 miles are traveled each day for 250 students.  Last year, more than 54,000 miles were covered in the regular routes and an additional 13,000 miles for athletic events and field trips.

• Two Fayette School District bus drivers scored top-20 finishes May 2 at the Northwest Region Bus Road-E-O at Evergreen High School.

The Northwest Region extends from Fostoria to Lima to the Indiana and Michigan lines. This year 68 bus drivers participated in an attempt to compete at the state level.

Fayette drivers Ryan Eberly placed  11th and Rod Sommers placed 20th.

The Road-E-O tests drivers on all skills pertaining to driving a school bus. The written portion of the test ranges from general knowledge and procedures to preparing for a bus trip.

That is followed by eight other categories behind the wheel, including time to complete the course, turn-around, railroad crossings, student loading and unloading, offset street, etc.

The state highly encourages schools to participate and test the skills of their drivers.

Other Fulton County schools participating this year were Archbold, Evergreen, Delta and Wauseon. 

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