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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 2012.07.18

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette school treasurer Kelly Bentley made an important announcement to board members Monday night: The district just completed the first year in the past three without deficit spending.

“I’m really pleased with how it came out,” Bentley said at the July board meeting. “This is a true picture of where we are at.”

She described the district’s position as a concerted effort by everyone involved. Cuts and layoffs are not something the district wants to do, she said, but it helps prevent overspending.

Board member David Brinegar described the report as “very exciting news” and board president Kirk Keiser said that it was the result of a proactive approach to keeping spending down.

“If we have a catastrophe it could change in a heartbeat,” Bentley cautioned.

Federal Race to the Top funding helped by partially paying for professional development and substitute teachers. In addition, income tax revenue came in at $75,000 more than anticipated. Some of that is likely the result of the payment of delinquent taxes, Bentley said, but Brinegar noted that it also indicates an improvement in the employment situation of district residents.

E-RATE—Bentley told board members that all three E-Rate applications were approved, bringing in $45,500 for internet service, telephone service and wireless improvements. Some wireless access points will be moved to improve access within the building.

CONTRACTS—Contracts were approved with the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center. The daily rate of $38 per student, when needed, has remained the same for several years.

A contract was also approved for technology services. A three-year agreement with CDW was accepted for Microsoft volume licensing of software to upgrade the system software on the district’s 250 computers. The cost is $1,700.

COACHES—The following coaches were approved for the 2012-13 school year: Ryan Colegrove, seventh grade boys basketball; Mat Johnson and Andy Richardson, co-coaches for eighth grade boys basketball; Nick Ramos, freshman boys basketball and varsity assistant; and Geoff Gilmore, seventh grade girls basketball.

The board met in a closed session to discuss the eighth grade girls coaching position.

PERSONNEL—Lisa Hintz was hired for tutoring three days a week at a daily rate of $20. Before this, she was listed as seven-eighths full-time.

Elementary secretary Deb Rupp will be paid $500 to contact substitute teachers that aren’t already on a pre-arranged schedule. In the past, principals received the early morning calls when a substitute was needed.

For the next two school years, the four non-union employees will be treated the same as OAPSE members based on their recent negotiations.

Retiring superintendent Russ Griggs announced that he will not take the $7,500 severance pay that he is entitled to receive.

ALGEBRA—The board approved a change to the high school curriculum that replaces integrated mathematics with algebra I.

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