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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 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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