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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Morenci board of education 2010.12.08

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Board of Education will soon explore some energy saving projects that are expected to pay for themselves.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Osborne told board members about a preliminary energy audit performed by the  Ameresco company.

Costs for updates would be funded by interest-free, non-voted bonds, Osborne said, and resulting savings would pay for the work. The updates should produce substantial long-term savings, he told board members Monday night.

He urged the board to form a committee to look closer at what Ameresco offered and also to seek other companies offering similar services.

“I’m not saying they’re the wrong company,” Osborne said. “I just want to make sure they’re the right company.”

Ivy Hutchison and Phil McCaskey will join board president Scott Merillat to look more closely at the issue.

LIBRARY—The board approved a partnership proclamation with Stair Public Library.

“I think it will benefit both of us,” said library board president Sally Kruger.

The library offers several programs for young students that will help the district meet state goals. For the library, the school affiliation should be a benefit when applying for grants.

PERSONNEL—Kay (Dickerson) Holubik was hired as the new executive assistant at the board office, replacing Melony VanBrandt who retired over the summer.

Rosine Downing was hired as a part-time paraprofessional for the Title I program. She coordinates the HOSTS reading tutor program.

Josh Erskin was hired as a volunteer seventh grade boys basketball coach, with board member Phil McCaskey casting a “no” vote.

TRANSPORTATION—The board voted to authorize Osborne to continue pursuing transportation cooperative agreements with other districts. Past discussions have included sharing a mechanic or a transportation coordinator. Osborne expects discussions to continue next year.

GREAT START—The board approved an annual resolution to name the Joy of Learning program at Little People’s Place as the Young Fours program coordinated through Great Start.

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