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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.

Fayette school bus system rated highly 03.03.10

Written by David Green.

When it comes to efficiency, Fayette’s transportation system is looking even better this year than last.

Last year the district stood as the eighth best in the state among 602 school districts. The new state report for transportation efficiency shows Fayette in fifth place.

“The drivers and I are very proud of this accomplishment and will continue to do the best we can,” said administrative assistant Molly Graf in a letter to board members.

The Ohio Department of Education determines efficiency by looking at the number of regular education students who are transported per school bus in a district.

Adjustments are then made to account for the differences in physical size of a district and the population.

The ranking of districts determines funding and forces an administrator to examine the transportation system and look for more efficient ways to operate the bus service.

NEW BUS—At the Feb. 8 school board meeting, superintendent Russ Griggs was authorized to seek bids for the purchase of a new “micro bus” to transport special needs students.

In addition to the use of federal “stimulus funds” for the purchase, Griggs sees two other advantages.

The bus will be larger than the two vans currently used and in the future only one vehicle will be needed.

The new vehicle will be painted yellow like other school buses and will be safer to operate. It will also have a wheelchair lift.

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