2011.05.11 Kylene Spiegel: Surprised Kay Johnson was passed over

Written by David Green.

As a former student, athlete and alumni of Morenci, I can’t believe that Ms. J [Kay Johnson] was not more highly considered for the principal job. How can someone who has given so much to the school, community and students not even be considered in the top three? The more I think about it, the more it upsets me.

Morenci is always talking about saving money and for some reason they aren’t finding the best ways to do it.  Maybe they do not realize that by hiring Ms. J back, they will only have to pay her a third of the actual salary because she is technically retired. Then with that extra money, maybe we could actually hire specific teacher’s full time and avoid laying off teachers.

I am disappointed and slightly embarrassed by the actions of the panel and think the panel should have taken more time with their decision. Most of all, I would like to apologize to Ms. J—I think you deserve better and thank you for all the students you’ve made better as well as the community of Morenci as a whole.

– Kylene Spiegel

Tiffin, Ohio

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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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