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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Fayette school board 01.20.2010

Written by David Green.

The Fayette Board of Education has a new board member along with new officers for 2010.

No one filed to run for Paula Schaffner’s seat in the November election after she chose to retire from the board. School district residents were asked to submit a letter of interest and two people responded.

Pamela Seiler and Kandi Lemley offered to fill the post and board members voted Jan. 12 to give the spot to Seiler. She will fill a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2011.

David Brinegar was elected to serve as board president and Kirk Keiser was chosen vice president.

The board voted to continue scheduling regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month, in the art room.

TURBINE—Kent Buehrer of the Buehrer Group architectural firm presented an update on the wind turbine project. The drawing he brought shows the turbine will stand southeast of the gymnasium.

The village’s wind turbine ordinance requires the tower to be placed far enough from any buildings so if it were to fall, the turbine would not strike a structure.

The board later approved a resolution to seek bids for the turbine project. Bids will be advertised this week and a pre-bid meeting is scheduled Feb. 2. The bid opening is set for Feb. 11.

COMMITTEES: The following committees were chosen for 2010:

• Legislative liaison: Karen King;

• Facilities representatives: Kirk Keiser and David Brinegar;

• Four County representative: King;

• Financial/audit representatives: Brinegar and Deb Leininger;

• Student achievement liaison: Leininger;

• Board policy representatives: Keiser and Pam Seiler;

• Village of Fayette representative: Keiser.

RACE TO THE TOP—The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the local teacher’s union in regard to the federal Race to the Top funding. 

The memorandum states an agreement that the terms of the existing contract will not be violated, explained superintendent Russ Griggs. The document represents shared trust among the teachers, administrators and board members, he said.

If the state is successful in winning the grant, a “whole other level of working together” would be required, he said, in order to meet the grant requirements. Districts will have the option later to withdraw from the program.

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