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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 utility costs decrease with new building 10.06

Written by David Green.

$100,000 a month? Just for utilities at Fayette’s new school?

That’s hardly the case, but it’s a statement recently heard over a cup of coffee, said school district treasurer Kelly Bentley.

She decided a rumor of that nature was in need of some facts—especially for a new school built with some energy efficiency measures—so she compared utility costs from recent years.

The figures she found don’t take into account any increases in the cost of electricity, natural gas and water, nor in the quantity used. It’s simply a comparison of what the district has spent for utilities during the past nine years.

What she found is that despite rising costs, the district is spending less now than in the past.

Before the new school was built, the district was operating two buildings with large boilers for heating.

“We are now operating one building with electric heat pumps that are energy efficient and use considerably less water than the old boiler systems,” Bentley said. “We no longer use the same amount of natural gas to heat the new structure as we did with the two separate buildings.”

Comparing the combination of electricity, gas and water, the district is now averaging $8,400 a month—less than in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The figures from 2007, 2008 and part of 2009 include construction site utilities and costs have dropped off in 2010.

During 2009—the first full year in the new building—there was a learning curve in becoming acquainted with the new system and learning the control settings, Bentley said.

“I would conclude that the new building has nine percent less utility operating costs than the combination of the two structures in 2006,” she said.

More savings are on the horizon with the wind turbine that should be in operation by the end of the year. Estimates suggest the district will save between 40 and 50 percent of electrical costs when the turbine begins spinning.

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