2011.01.05 Mike McDowell: Disappointed with hiring process

Written by David Green.

I would like to congratulate Mr. Wallace on his selection as the head football coach at Morenci. His qualifications and potential to lead the football program are outstanding and without question.

What I do question is the manner in which the selection was carried out. After 32 years of teaching, and 31 years of coaching football at both the JV and varsity levels, I thought that I might at least be extended the professional courtesy of an interview for the head football coaching position. I was not.

What was extended to me in a telephone conversation with Superintendent Osborne was the following general scenario. At a special board meeting during the holiday break, Mr. Wallace was interviewed for the job. After the interview it was apparently deemed unnecessary to interview myself or another possible candidate. Mr. Wallace was then voted on and approved.

I have to believe the board could have interviewed two more candidates out of respect, and then still selected Mr. Wallace if he was who they wanted. I am not communicating with you because of bitterness, but of disappointment.

I want to say thank you to the many people who offered me words of support when learning I was applying for the job. It meant a lot.

– Mike McDowell

Summit Street, Morenci

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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