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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 school board 2011.06.15

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s board of education approved Monday a three-year contract with the Gorham Fayette Teachers Association.

Effective July 1, 2011, the base teacher pay will remain at $30,950 for the next three years. This is the same starting pay in effect over the previous two years.

Teachers will receive no step increase for experience in the 2011-12 school year, but they will receive a step increase in 2012-13 and 2013-14. In 2012-13, teachers’ contribution to health insurance coverage will double, from five percent to 10 percent.

Teachers will actually pay more for less coverage, explained Superintendent of Schools Russ Griggs, because the insurance consortium has the ability to reduce benefits and coverage on an annual basis, along with increasing premiums.

BALL FIELDS—The board voted to pay Buehrer Group Architecture and Engineering $3,500 to design a concession stand for the future ball fields.

Although no planning is yet underway for construction of ball fields, Griggs said, laying out the design of the concession stand will give the planning committee a better idea of cost estimates.

Once costs are gathered, the committee will be able to decide what can be done with the money the school received from the Charles Climo estate, estimated at about $195,000. The funds were designated for new outdoor athletic facilities.

 Before ball fields and a track are started, Griggs said, land forming must be done and drainage, water lines and conduit must be installed. Areas where dirt is moved will have to be seeded to hold soil in place.

Buehrer estimated the project, including a rubberized track, could cost as much as a  million dollars, plus the cost of a concession stand.

RESIGNATION—The board accepted the resignation of family and consumer sciences teacher Laura Leininger. Due to the district’s financial difficulties, Leininger’s contract was reduced to half time and she has since taken a job with the Wauseon district.

“We’re seeking a replacement,” Griggs said, “but if we’re not successful we may have to eliminate the program.”

FEES—Elementary school student fees will remain the same, at $45, for the fifth consecutive year, however, the board approved some new fees for the upper grades. A science class fee of $5 will be charged for grades seven, eight and nine, and a physics class fee of $10 will be charged.

NUTRITION—Acceptance of new Ohio Department of Education nutrition standards for food and beverages will bring a few changes to the cafeteria regarding the variety and frequency of food served. Increased servings of fruit and vegetables highlight the changes, Griggs said.

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