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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Fayette school board 09.15.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette Board of Education members approved a resolution Monday to allow the Friends 4 the Fields group—an arm of the Fayette Athletic Boosters—to pursue planning and construction of athletic fields on the school campus.

The resolution includes six conditions that require the group to create a formal plan of action, including proposed construction phases and cost estimates.

The requirements will help make sure the sequence of development is the most cost effective, with the maximum return of investment by the Friends group, explained Superintendent of Schools Russ Griggs.

The resolution calls for the following conditions:

1. Any and all improvements to property and facilities on said property become the sole property of the Fayette Local School District;

2. Any and all such improvements and changes to property/facilities are approved by a representative of the Fayette Board of Education (superintendent);

3. Any and all activities related to the project are coordinated with the designee of the Board of Education (superintendent);

4. That the Board of Education receives regular updates on the project from the Fayette Athletic Boosters/Friends of the Fields and the superintendent;

5. The Fayette Athletic Boosters/Friends of the Fields agree by action in their minutes and in writing to repay any funds the Board of Education expends for which repayment is expected and identified prior to any such expenditure.

6. The Friends of the Fields/Boosters develop and present to the Board of Education a plan of phasing the project with costs related to each phase with tentative schedule prior to any work taking place.

The Friends group hopes to construct ball fields at the new school rather than use the village’s diamonds at the park in town. They also intend to have a running track constructed in the future.

PURCHASING—The board approved continuing membership with the Metropolitan Toledo Educational Purchasing Association (MTEPA) at a cost $150. Items purchased through the group include cafeteria products, custodial supplies, paper and library supplies.

The MTEPA is one of several purchasing consortiums with which Fayette participates, Griggs said.

“We do not always purchase the lowest priced products,” he said.

The district pays a higher price for floor wax, for example, to get a better quality, longer lasting finish.

CONTRACT—The board approved a contract with the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center at $60 a day and with the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio for $40 a day. The contracts are in place in case the district would require the services of either center during the school year.

FFA—The board approved FFA participation in the Greenhand Camp Sept. 26-28 at Camp Muskingum, and in the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 20-23.

STAFF—The board approved the following substitute positions: Diane Reinking, custodial; Lisa Rodriguez, custodial and secretary; Carolee Hartman, cafeteria.

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