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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 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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