The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Morenci school board hires coaches 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Nearly all of Morenci’s fall and winter season coaches are in place following board of education action Thursday. Only wrestling and competitive cheer remain vacant.

The board’s Personnel Committee met before the regular meeting to iron out some concerns, said newly-elected board president Scott Merillat. By hiring all coaches for a particular sport at once, he said, the head varsity coach can “sign off on approval” of the entire staff.

“The idea is so we can become more cohesive,” said committee member Carrie Dillon, with “a head coach who supports the program down to the seventh and eighth grade level.”

It’s tough to get coaches, noted superintendent Kyle Griffith, and he considers this year’s effort a huge stride in development of the athletic program.

FALL—New head football coach Tom Saylor will have Nate Parker as an assistant; Matt Bostick as JV coach and Ryan Love as JV assistant; Lance Thompson as a volunteer assistant; Travis Kruse and Joe Farquhar as eighth grade coaches; and Fred Love and Dan Hoffman as seventh grade coaches. Board member Phil McCaskey cast the only “no” vote among all the coach hirings with his opposition to Hoffman. Board member Cyndee Sanders was absent from the meeting.

Brad Brown will return as cross country coach.

Dennis Owens will return as head volleyball coach and his staff includes Shana Love, JV volleyball; Emilie Yatzek Beach, eighth grade volleyball; and Holly Ramsey, seventh grade volleyball.

WINTER—Although Jim Yatzek stepped down as varsity girls basketball coach after eight years, the duties will be staying in the family. His son, Tim, will move up to serve as head varsity coach and his daughter, Emilie, will take over as JV coach. Jim will serve as eighth grade coach and Ryan Love will take the seventh grade team.

Tim Bovee returns for a third year at the helm of the boys basketball program. Mark Lamley will serve as a volunteer assistant, John Craig returns as the JV coach and Austin Wolf will serve as a volunteer assistant. Jim Bauer will coach the eighth grade team and Joe Farquhar will lead the seventh grade squad.

CUSTODIAL—C&D Cleaning service was hired to clean the high school for the 2009-10 school year.

Board member Gary Ries said there were some concerns and problems when the service first started the job last year, but once the cleaners had a better understanding of what was expected, they did a good job.

McCaskey asked if any other firms applied. Ries said there were, but the committee recommended staying with C&D since they’re familiar with the job and were offering the service at the same price.

BUS—The board accepted the high bid of $6,850 from Northpoint Services for the sale of the 2001 International bus with 89,000 miles. Three bids were received.

HANDBOOKS—The board approved changes to student handbooks, including the addition of language prohibiting the sharing of lunches and charging à la carte items. In addition, lunches may be charged for only one week and then cafeteria personnel have the discretion to refuse additional unpaid meals.

McCaskey was concerned about refusing to serve a child and asked if it’s the fault of an elementary school child to not have adequate funds.

Finance director Erica Metcalf said there has been some abuse of the old policy and noted that contact with the home is made regularly when an account runs low.

It’s not a black and white policy, Griffith added, since cafeteria workers are given the option to extend credit.

A change to the middle school handbook forbids markings or writings on a student’s body since they are a distraction and not appropriate for school.

Rules against bullying were added to the student harassment policy. Bullying includes not only physical abuse but repeated taunting, teasing, spreading rumors, excluding or ignoring others in a mean way, taking money or belongings and sending mean-spirited notes and e-mails.

The elementary school handbook now prohibits all toys from school due to the distraction they can cause.

In the high school handbook, a policy that prohibits athletic competition on the day that a student is “written up” for a discipline problem now includes more flexibility.

Consideration for participation may be based on the severity of the offense, the athlete’s history of disciplinary action and the opportunities the athlete has to correct the behavior.

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