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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.

Two school tours set to show bond needs 2013.04.24

Written by David Green.

The problems aren’t always apparent to the eye, said Morenci Elementary School custodian Lori Wilson, but there’s certainly no shortage of maintenance issues at Morenci’s school facilities.

Many of those problems will be pointed out to district residents next week during two walk-throughs scheduled to tour the facilities. The first is planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, followed by a 7 p.m. session Thursday, May 2. Participants should meet at the steel-sided weight-training facility on the south side of the high school parking lot.

The walk-throughs are scheduled to educate the public about the maintenance needs before the May 7 bond vote. District taxpayers will be asked to extend the existing school bond to bring in $2.9 million for projects while keeping tax rates the same.

Problems that could be addressed by the bond include the roof at the high school, elementary school and transportation building; the parking lot at the high school; indoor and outdoor bleachers; the home press box at the football field; the elementary school heating and plumbing systems; asbestos abatement at the elementary school; and filtration systems at all three schools.

The board of education would also like to examine energy efficiency options.

Technology needs continue to change and several upgrades are needed, ranging from computers to switches and servers. The bond would also pay for the purchase of 300 iPads for classroom use. Phone system and public address systems needs are also on the list.

The board will consider the purchase of a bus if the bond passes, and address maintenance issues in the bus parking area.

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