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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 2011.12.14

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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