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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.

School secretaries, parapros, agree to wage freeze 12.02.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s school secretaries and paraprofessionals agreed to a wage freeze starting Dec. 1 and continuing through June 30.

In exchange, board of education members agreed to an early retirement plan for the secretarial group, along with a change in insurance benefits for new hires.

Board members unanimously approved a letter of agreement with the group at a special meeting Monday.

Superintendent Kyle Griffith said the board has stood firm on withholding early retirement options unless wage concessions are made.

“From the start,” Griffith said, “this group has looked to take a freeze and they followed up on that commitment to help the district as it faces tough economic times.”

Other points from the agreement include:

• A laid-off secretary will be recalled from the bargaining unit to replace each secretary who chooses to resign and receive early retirement benefits;

• Each of the three school offices must retain at least one secretary at existing terms;

• New secretarial hires will only be eligible for insurance benefits equivalent to the district’s paraprofessionals;

• The board has the right to hire independent paraprofessionals to work in any school office to assist the secretary, but not to replace that position.

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