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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

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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