The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Morenci board of education 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

Morenci will be losing a veteran teacher due to retirement following the current school year.

Elementary school teacher Elizabeth Jarrell submitted her resignation to the board of education and it was accepted Monday at the April meeting.

A change in retirement incentives is being discussed at the state level, said Morenci school director of finance Erica Metcalf, which might be of interest to other teachers considering retirement.

MORE CUTS—Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Osborne spoke to the board about the need for additional budget cuts and the need to stay as lean as possible to ensure the school district can remain in operation.

A special board meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. April 24 to discuss an additional cut of $600,000 in spending.

RETIREMENT—Board members also accepted the resignation of food service worker Betty Beaverson effective March 29.

COACHES—Levi Hoffman was hired as an assistant middle school track coach and Mike Taylor was approved as a volunteer golf coach.

NEGOTIATIONS—The board met in a closed session to discuss negotiations and the annual superintendent’s evaluation.

FOOTBALL—The board decided to advertise for a varsity football coach to replace Taz Wallace who left to fill a vacancy at Madison.

The advertisement, which appears in this week’s Observer, calls for a candidate who will run a 12-month program with an emphasis on discipline and classroom accountability.

The deadline for applications is April 27.

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