The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Fayette superintendent Russell Griggs reducing time in office 01.19.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette Superintendent of Schools Russell Griggs is hoping to be a little less visible this year.

The retired school chief who works on a part-time basis intends to spend fewer hours in the office and accomplish more tasks via the telephone and e-mail.

Griggs said he intends to travel more and spend more time with his wife while increasing the use of remote communications for school business.

“With the looming doom from the state budget we need to look everywhere for reductions,” he said.

Griggs directed a lot of his time in the past year to the wind turbine project, but that commitment will shrink mostly to quarterly reports to the Department of Development that helped fund the project through a grant.

His new work schedule that he presented to the board of education Jan. 11 will save the district an additional $22,212 in salary and retirement costs.

A fact sheet that he gave to the board shows that the previous superintendent cost the district $120,000 annually. Griggs joined the district for the 2007-08 school year as a part-time superintendent .

In his first full year (2008-09), he reduced his hours and his pay dropped to $90,000, including benefits. The following year it fell to $64,000 and then $55,000.

For the 2011-12 year he proposes a salary and benefit package of only $33,000. The daily rate has remained constant at $335 while his hours spent on the job continue to fall.

His new schedule calls for his services to be provided over 120 days, although not always in the school office. He’s asking the board for a communications stipend of $125 a month.

Griggs will remain available to receive phone calls and he expects to end up donating time beyond the 120 days.

Griggs has warned the board in the past to consider its options in the future when he “fades away” completely because the district’s costs are likely to increase significantly at that time.

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