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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.

Hudson, Morenci discuss shared school services 2013.05.01

Written by David Green.

Representatives from Morenci’s and Hudson’s school boards discussed a variety of issues April 22 at the quarterly shared services meeting, including the future of a shared administrator.

Both districts voted in April 2010 to share the services of Dr. Michael Osborne who was already serving as Hudson’s school superintendent. The agreement was made in an effort to cut costs, with both districts paying half of Osborne’s salary and benefits.

At the meeting last week, both district representatives agreed to approach their full boards of education at their next regular meeting to discuss the future of the agreement.

Morenci’s board has had many discussions about cutting costs, said board president Scott Merillat, and one proposal is to reëvaluate the superintendent position in hopes of saving additional cash.

On the other hand, the Hudson board has discussed ending the shared superintendent agreement and paying more to have Osborne full-time.

The Shared Services committee has no authority to make decisions, but only serves as a liaison between the two school districts.

Other issues discussed at the 30-minute meeting include School of Choice matters, various cooperative efforts between the two districts, special education needs and transportation, and the shared Spanish teacher.

Next year, Morenci will need a full-time Spanish teacher, Merillat said, when second-year classes are again offered. This year the two districts are sharing a teacher who spends half of the week in each location.

If the Morenci board votes to end the shared superintendent arrangement, Merillat said, an alternative plan needs to be in place soon since the agreement would probably end with the fiscal year on June 30.

Board members have yet to approve cuts for the 2013-14 year. The district’s fund equity is expected to stand at about $108,000 to start the new year—far less than what’s needed to cover the cash shortfall that will emerge without significant cuts.

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