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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Fayette school board 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette has an new school board president following the organizational meeting Monday.

Kirk Keiser was selected to serve as president for 2012 and Deb Leininger was chosen vice president. Regular board meetings will continue to be scheduled at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

During the organizational meeting, David Brinegar was approved as an appointed board member through Dec. 31, 2013.

Committee appointments are: legislative liaison, Karen King; facilities, Keiser and Brinegar; Four County, King; financial/audit, Brinegar and Leininger; student achievement, Leininger; board policy, Keiser and Pam Seiler; and village representative, Keiser.

The legal firm of Ennis, Roberts and Fischer was retained for negotiations and general purpose representation.

During the regular meeting, the board hired the CPA firm of McManus, Dosen and Company for the annual audit at a cost of $3,100.

A contract with TTL Associates was approved for geotechnical investigation for the athletic field project.

PARK  BOARD—Scott Wagner was chosen to represent the school district as a member of the Fayette Village Park Board for a five-year term.

WAGE—Pay for several support staff positions was increased to match the new state minimum wage of $7.70 an hour.

DONATIONS—A donation of $256 was received from True North Church to pay reduced lunch prices for students during December.

The Fulton County Pork Producers donated $350 for Family Consumer Science Classes and $700 for FFA projects.

The Fayette PTO made three donations: $1,755 to purchase individual headphone set for each elementary student, $314 for keyboard guards for keyboarding classes and $269 for elementary reading awards.

RECOGNITION—Superintendent Russ Griggs presented board members with certificates for School Board Member Recognition Month.

CLOSED SESSION—The board met in a closed session for about 40 minutes with Amy-Metz Simon and Jason Simon.

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