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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 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette Local Schools will retain superintendent Russell Griggs for another year. The contract approved Monday by the board of education extends the school chief’s contract from Aug. 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013.

Griggs has reduced his hours—and his pay—since joining the school district in a part-time status. His annual salary in the new contract remains the same as its current level at $26,000. He also has health insurance costs covered.

The retired administrator says his time commitment to the district will also remain the same, although he expects to devote more attention to Fayette in the next year.

“I plan to be not in multiple districts,” he said in reference to another part-time administrative job with the Swanton district.

Griggs was formerly working only for Fayette until the Swanton board asked him to temporarily fill their superintendent position, as well.

Although Griggs is often not in the building, he is accessible to the school staff via e-mail and cell phone.

Griggs said there are still some things to work on in the school district before he leaves. He appreciates the community support for the school shown through the recent millage renewal, and he enjoys working with the district’s school board.

INSURANCE—The board approved an addendum to the contract of treasurer Kelly Bentley that specifies health insurance and vacation days. 

Insurance isn’t specified in her contact, Griggs said, and the modified contract guarantees it.

Griggs said the district receives a good return for its investment in having Bentley serve as treasurer.

PRO-TEMPORE—Kirk Keiser was chosen as the board’s president pro tempore to lead the annual organization meeting in January. The meeting is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. Jan. 9.

F.A.S.T.—The board approved paying for snacks for the after-school F.A.S.T. program, with a limit of $700.

ASSOCIATION—The board voted to continue affiliation with the Ohio School Board Association at a cost of $3,111.

LIBRARY—Jeanne Johnson was appointed to a four-year term as trustee on the Normal Memorial Library board. She will replace Ruth Hutchison who is retiring.

PARKS—Mark Schang was approved as the school district representative to the Fayette Park Board for 2012.

DONATION—The board accepted $30 in donations for the Class of 2016 given in lieu of buying items from a class fund-raising project.

VOLUNTEERS—Paul Baker was approved as a band volunteer, Ben Sly as a seventh grade boys basketball volunteer, and Spencer Lester as a fifth grade Mini-Eagles volunteer.

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