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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

Fayette school board 02.23.2011

Written by David Green.

Representatives from Maness Petroleum Corporation have with rural property owners throughout the area seeking oil and gas leases. The Fayette School District joined that group last week and approved a five-year lease.

The district will receive $1,386 for the lease, and the contract provides for royalties to the school should a producible well or reservoir be found.

Great Lakes Geophysical will perform 3D seismic studies of the property. The company is undergoing studies on property throughout Lenawee County and northern Fulton County.

CALENDAR—Fayette has a new school calendar in place for the 2011-12 school year. Board of education members were presented with three choices at their meeting last week and voted on a final choice.

The calendar calls for 180 days in the classroom, starting Aug. 24 and wrapping up May 25, 2012.

School will not be in session Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day, during fair week. The Christmas break is scheduled from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 and a spring break is set for April 6-9.

Teachers begin work Aug. 23 and the final day is May 29.

CONTRACT—Board members approved the annual contract with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the amount of $287,222.

The cost covers special education services not provided at the local level for the 2011-12 school year. The cost is an estimate, said district treasurer Kelly Bentley, based on enrollment and the number of students expected to be in need of special services.

The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with the service center for the continuation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center.

DONATIONS—The board accepted a $300 donation from the Fulton County Pork Producers for agricultural education; a $500 donation from John Winzeler for the Principal’s Activity Fund; and a $192 donation from the Fayette PTO for reading rewards.

COACHES—The following spring coaches were hired: softball, Kelsey Springer and Jenny Bates; baseball, Bruce Miller; track, Ryan Colegrove, Bryan Stambaugh (assistant), Andy VanZile (junior high) and Paula Stambaugh (assistant).

LEAVE—An extended leave of absence was granted to Kylie Rufenacht through Aug. 19. She will receive insurance benefits but no salary.

Family leave was approved for Andrea Jacobs beginning March 3 and continuing through April 15.

NEGOTIATIONS—The board met in a closed session for about 45 minutes to discuss upcoming staff negotiations.

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