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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 2012.05.23

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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