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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Fayette school board 2012.05.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette Elementary School will lose its principal next month with the retirement of Dr. LuAnn Boyer. The Fayette Board of Education voted Monday to accept her retirement.

Board of education members will now consider a combined administrative position to cover both the part-time superintendent’s job and the elementary principal post.

Dr. Boyer joined the district in July 2000 and wraps up a 35-year career in education. Russell Griggs, who works as a retired, part-time superintendent, will leave the district in another year, but he said that he’s willing to step down early if the board finds someone to fill the combined roll.

Griggs said he learned there are several districts in northwest Ohio with combined administrative duties and the arrangements vary from district to district. With Dr. Boyers’ retirement and his own impending departure, this is a good time to look at changes, Griggs said.

Board members agreed and approved a job posting calling for the combined role. The enrollment of pre-K through grade six is about 250 students and a full-time guidance counselor also works with those grades.

“With Dr. Boyer’s retirement, it gives us the opportunity to explore our options,” said board president Kirk Keiser. “There’s only so much money to spend and we would rather spend it on teachers.”

Keiser said he’s aware of successful combined roles in other districts and says “it could be a win for everybody.”

Interviews are scheduled from June 18-25 and a new administrator is expected be hired by mid-July.

Griggs said that if the board is not satisfied with the candidates for the post, an interim principal could be hired to give the board additional time while he finishes the final year of his contract.

In other personnel matters, additional family leave was approved for Sarah Weiland from April 27 to May 18, and continuing contracts were accepted for nine staff members:

• Sheila Killam, continuing contract; 

• Andrea Jacobs, continuing contract;

• Lisa Hintz, two-year contract;

• Audra Roesti, two-year contract at half-time;

• Lacy Stambaugh, two-year contract;

• Wendy Adams, continuing contract;

• David Hoste, one-year contract;

• Karen Brown, continuing contract for for 5/8 full-time for 2012-13;

• Barbara Bruggeman, one-year contract for 7/8 full-time for 2012-13.

Extended time beyond the contract year was approved for six employees for additional summer work: Geoffrey Gilmore, up to 15 days; Janna Ballmer, up to five days; Molly Graf, up to 10 days; Pam Schultz, up to 40 days; Marge Crowell, up to five days; Deb Rupp, up to five days.

DONATIONS—An anonymous donation of an Eagle flag was accepted for outside use ($120.75 value); an anonymous donation of a Stamina 4755 Silent Magnetic Resistance Bike was accepted for the athletic training room ($100 value); a donation of $60 was given by the Fayette Local School Foundation for the awards banquet; and $158.54 was given by Dr. Boyer to be used for Dwight, the elementary school dog. 

CONTRACTS—Board members  extended membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2012-13 school year; approved a contract with Northern Buckeye Education Council for technical services through June 30, 2012.

A contract with NwOESC was approved for a mentor program in the 2012-13 school year. Hylant Group to approved for property insurance coverage through Ohio School Plan in the amount of $21,643. The contract expires June 30, 2013.

NEGOTIATIONS—The board met in a closed session to discuss the administrative hiring and classified staff negotiations.

TURBINE—The wind turbine has been out of service for the last two weeks due to a faulty drive unit—a part that was previously replace.

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