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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette school board 2013.01.02

Written by David Green.

Fayette Local Schools is losing a long-time employee with the resignation of administrative assistant Molly Graf, effective Feb. 28, 2013.

Superintendent Erik Belcher expressed his appreciation for the many years of service that Graf provided the school district. She helped many new superintendents adjust to their job in Fayette during her tenure, he said.

One portion of Graf's job will be filled by hiring a transportation coordinator at a rate of $5,000 annually.

In another staffing matter at the Dec. 17 board of education meeting, board members voted to seek a technology assistant to work with technology coordinator Becky Short. The board hopes to fill the post at the January meeting, although it may be difficult to find the right person, Belcher noted, because it will require non-traditional hours.

The part-time job will pay about $4,000 annually.

PERSONNEL—The substitute custodian pay rate was increased from $7.75 an hour to $9.28 an hour.

Unpaid FMLA leave was granted for Alysa Short from Feb. 4 to May 3, 2013. Cheryl Shaffer was granted an unpaid leave through March 15. Jason Nicely was approved as a volunteer coach for the varsity and JV girls basketball teams.

Lisa Hintz will take over as Quiz Bowl advisor following the resignation from the post by Sarah Altstaetter.

DONATIONS—Board members learned in April that a gift of $105,500 would be given to the school for scholarships from the Nora Nash estate. The board voted Dec. 19 to accept the donation. School treasurer Kelly Bentley said there was discussion about awarding one $2,500 scholarship a year to a graduating senior.

Other donations included a telescope and several cameras from the Nash estate, and $25 from Tim Kays for bus expenses at the Kellen Keiser Memorial Run.

BANKING—The board named First Federal Bank of the Midwest as the depository bank. A corporate credit card was also approved through First Federal.

LIBRARY—Sarah Schrock was approved for a term on the Normal Memorial Library board for 2013.

F.A.S.T.—Board members approved the expenditure of up to $700 for student snacks at the after-school F.A.S.T. program.

THANKS—A letter from Dick Whaley thanked the school and Lisa Hintz for the Veterans Breakfast in November.

FANS—Secondary principal Dan Feasel reminded parents and students that they are requested to remain in their seats during basketball games, and leave only between quarters.

TRAGEDY—Supt. Belcher noted that the Connecticut shooting hit school employees hard. There's too much good in the world, he said, for evil to make people live in fear. He said staff members have been frequently reassuring children.

"We want children to know we're doing everything possible to keep them safe," he said. "Our many good parental relationships help the situation."

MEETING—The 2013 organizational board meeting is set for 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14, followed by the regular January meeting.

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