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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 2011.08.17

Written by David Green.

What a difference a year makes.

Last August the Fayette school district started off the year with the smallest kindergarten class in recent memory—only 19 pupils.

This year, 43 students have enrolled, with the possibility of two more.

The influx of students is resulting in two kindergarten sections this year, principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer told board of education members Monday. In fact, the kindergarten class will be second only to incoming seventh graders, a class that started off in 2010 with 51 members.

Boyer said that enrollment continues to fluctuate from day to day, but as of Monday the elementary had gained seven compared to last year.

Boyer said the pre-K enrollment will be larger this year with the combination of the Head Start classroom and the Education Service Center (ESC) preschool. Several years ago the ESC class was moved to Pulaski due to a lack of classroom space.

Secondary school principal Dan Feasel said that enrollment is close to last year’s level.

REPORT CARD—The preliminary district report card shows the district earning “excellence” standing, although report won’t officially be released until Aug. 24.

Feasel said the keyword for teachers this year is “rigor.”

“That’s not necessarily making something tougher,” he said, “but to answer things more thoroughly, to be more in depth.”

He believes it will benefit students on the state test.

HIRING—District resident Audra Roesti was hired to serve as the half-time family consumer science teacher. The position was reduced from full-time for the coming school year due to budget troubles.

Roesti has helped with school projects through her employment at the Fulton County Health Department.

By her request, Sue Repp’s hours will be reduced by 15 minutes to six hours a day for her food service job. Chris Hylander was hired to fill a vacant food service position at 6.25 hours a day.

Cinda Metcalf was hired as a substitute teacher.

SUMMER SCHOOL—Classes started Monday for elementary school students. Twenty-one students who didn’t achieve proficiency on stating testing were invited to attend, Boyer said, 12 of them showed up Monday.

The cost of the program is paid through the 21st Century grant.

DOUBLE DUTY—Fayette superintendent Russ Griggs is again working part-time with the Swanton district. The Swanton school board understands his prior commitment to Fayette and accepts that duties with Fayette take top priority, he said.

Griggs said he initially thought the Swanton job would be short-term, but the arrangement could last the entire school year if Swanton doesn’t act to fill the position.

TURBINE—District treasurer Kelly Bentley said the January to June comparison of electrical costs shows a savings of $12,877 or 31 percent from the previous year.

She said this is most accurate comparison made so far on the cost benefits of the wind turbine.

PARKING—Work is being arranged to repair a portion of the parking lot where buses stop to unload students. Board member Kirk Keiser asked if the work wasn’t done correctly.

Griggs said it followed the specifications, but due to poor planning, the area should have been built with reinforced paving.

He’s hoping to have Gerken pave the area when Gamble Road is repaired, but that date is still unknown.

TRANSPORTATION—Kelly Hartman was hired to transport a special needs student for the afternoon route from a Wauseon school with a pay rate of $25 a day.

PRESCHOOL—The district will serve as the fiscal officer for the Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission for a fee of $1,600.

POSTERS—Students Caleb Sager and Aubrey Lemley received certificates from the Severe Weather Awareness poster contest.

VOLUNTEERS—The following volunteers were approved for athletic programs: Jason Nicely, varsity girls basketball; Andy Van Zile, freshman boys basketball; and Amy Kessler, seventh grade girls basketball.

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