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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.

School to buy door security camera system 2013.01.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s elementary school and middle/high school buildings will soon be equipped with a new security system at the main entrances.

School board members decided during a committee meeting Monday to use funds left over from the middle school construction project to install a system that uses a video camera, speaker and buzzer to open the door for a visitor.

The high school doors on Coomer Street are now locked during the day and all visitors must use the middle school entrance on Page Street.

Until the new system is installed, both schools will continue to use a “greeter” to intercept visitors and direct them to the school office.

Visitors can be seen from the secretary’s desk at the elementary school shortly after entering the school, but the design of the new middle school places visitors out of sight. 

The cost of the system is about $2,000 for each of the two doors.

The leftover capital funds total $70,000 and auditors have advised the district to spend the money in the current school year.

Four additional Wi-Fi ports will be established in the school at a cost of $800 each. An estimated 14 ports are needed to address areas with weak internet service.

Additional needs that could be addressed with the funds include improving the public address system for better communication between the middle school and the old high school building and for bleacher repairs.

Finance director Erica Metcalf is hoping to obtain grant funding that could be used in tandem with the leftover funds to address technology improvements.

RESPONSE—At the regular board meeting Monday, superintendent Michael Osborne thanked staff members and parents for their assistance in helping students following the school shooting in Connecticut. Morenci administrators and counselors met jointly with those from the Hudson district to discuss the issue.

PERSONNEL—The board Monday approved hiring Phil Grimm to serve as the coordinator for the Elevate Learning program—an after-school tutoring class that will involve up to 15 elementary school students. Grimm is a certified teacher who  is employed through Title I funds.

The board accepted the resignation of Title I paraprofessional Heather Dilworth and part-time paraprofessional Levi Hoffman.

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