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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 2012.04.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Nora Nash must have had a good experience when she attended school in Fayette 60 years ago. When it came time to disperse her estate, Fayette was on the list for a large bequest.

Nora (Nash) Smith grew up on County Road 23 and graduated with the Gorham Fayette class of 1952. Following her death last August, the Fayette school office learned in October that a portion of her estate would be given as a scholarship fund.

District treasurer Kelly Bentley learned later that the gift will exceed $100,000. She told board of education members Monday to begin thinking about how they would like to distribute the funds. 

Superintendent of schools Russ Griggs suggested contacting other area schools to gain ideas about setting up a scholarship fund for a gift of this size. The funds won’t be available until the 2012-13 school year.

Smith lived near Clarkston, Mich. She and her husband had no children. Another portion of her estate went to the University of Michigan engineering department.

MAINTENANCE—The maintenance fund associated with the district’s new school construction stands at about $450,000, Griggs reported. Any funds left over from construction of the school and the wind turbine project are required to stay in a maintenance fund to protect taxpayers from using general fund spending to tackle repair costs.

District residents pay a 0.5 mill levy for maintenance, also, but that amounts to about $18,000 a year, Griggs said.

SUMMER SCHOOL—Funds from the 21st Century grant have run out, reported elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer, leaving the district to cover the cost of summer school. The summer program generally involves only five or six third grade students.

Griggs said the grant program is designed for funds to decline over the five-year existence with the goal of local districts picking up the slack to maintain the programs. 

SPECIAL ED—Griggs told the board that the district is now back in compliance with state special education regulations. An audit found minor problems such as dates and lists of items, but no services were ever denied.

HANDBOOKS—The board approved the elementary and secondary school handbooks for the next school year. Updates in bullying policy were added, along with wording to reinforce discipline on school buses.

DONATIONS—An anonymous donation of $430 will be used to buy an iPad for the technology department. Marilyn Kinsman bought four food thermometers for the kitchen at a cost of $95.96.

EXEMPTION—Board members approved a waiver affidavit to take the district out of the state’s BMI (body fat) screening program for the next school year.

PARK—The board approved a contract with the village for use of the ball diamonds and track. The cost is $3,500 which is the same as last year.

LUNCH—Lunch prices will increase in the next school year to $2.20 for K-6 students and $2.50 for 7-12. 

Bentley explained that increases are forced through participation in the federal food program. The district can increase prices no more than 10 cents a year on its way to reaching the national average.

PERSONNEL—Family leave was granted to Sarah Weiland, beginning May 21 and ending with the close of the school year May 29, and to Pamela Schultz, beginning May 17 and ending May 29.

Wendy Adams was approved as a regular bus driver for the Four County afternoon route. Kelly Barkhimer and John Keys were approved as school van drivers upon completion of ODE qualifications and approval.

COACHING—Lindsey A. Schaffner and Lindsey A. New were hired as co-coaches for varsity cheerleading. Bryan Stambaugh was hired as varsity cross country coach and Matt Maginn will serve as assistant and junior high coach.

Sarah Wieland and Hilary Opdyke will served as junior high volleyball coaches and Todd Mitchell was hired as assistant golf/junior high golf coach.

CLOSED—The board met in a closed session to discuss a personnel issue relating to a grievance.

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