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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 school board 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette didn’t receive funding for the after-school Wings program this year, but a different program will provide new opportunities for elementary school children.

Principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer told board of education members at the Oct. 19 meeting about a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The federal program provides funding for academic enrichment activities during non-school hours.

The Wings program provided homework help in mathematics and reading, Dr. Boyer said, but 21st Century has a different focus.

Ellen Rupp will coordinate the program. Invitations were sent to about 45 designated children, and, depending on the response, the program will then be opened to all students until filled.

Activities considered so far include cooking, outdoor experiences, martial arts, basketball, cheerleading, dance and constructing bluebird houses. Teachers and community members will serve as instructors.

A before-school homework help period is also planned, along with a computer class for community members set for next year.

The focus of the five-year program can be changed from year to year.

Fayette will receive $66,000 the first year, with funding diminishing each successive year until the fifth year when $33,000 is given.

The program starts Nov. 9 and transportation will be provided.

FORECAST—The district’s five-year financial forecast shows deficit spending as early as next year, reported treasurer Kelly Bentley.

State revenue has shrunk from income tax rate reductions, followed by the poor economy, explained superintendent Russ Griggs. Because taxes have decreased, the amount of contributions to the school via tax abatements is also going down.

An expected abatement payment of about $50,000 never arrived from the TWR factory in September due to a changeover to the state’s Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). Bentley said the district could lose as much as $167,000 over the next four years.

FIELDS—Board member Deb Leininger reported on the success of Movie Night by the Friends4theFields group. The group brought in $347 toward its campaign to construct ball fields and a running track at the new school.

A letter seeking donations to the effort were to be mailed with an alumni newsletter. The Friends group will sell tickets throughout the school year for a Gator raffle.

CONGRATULATIONS—The district received a letter of congratulations from the Ohio Department of Education for it “excellent” status in academic achievement.

Griggs said the award is a testament to the staff and students, along with the support that the community at large gives.

“There are a lot of good things going on in the community,” he said.

TURBINE—The wind turbine project continues to wend its way through bureaucracy, Griggs said. The next step is to prepare the budget specifications.

Griggs he was presented with an option to have a third party pay for the turbine which would charge the school for electricity used, but he didn’t see the rates as attractive.

“We want to be green not only environmentally, but also green financially,” he said.

PERSONNEL—Lisa Rodriguez was approved as a substitute secretary. Ryan Colegrove’s freshman basketball coach contract was amended to also include varsity assistant.

Marilyn Opdycke was appointed to the Normal Memorial Library board to replace Vickie Cox who resigned. The term continues through Dec. 31, 2010.

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