Morenci school board 4.16

Written by David Green.

By KIM EKINS

Morenci football fans will see a familiar face on the sidelines when the season opens in August.

Former head coach Dan Hoffman was hired Monday night to serve as head varsity coach for the 2008 season.

Audience members Phil and Pat McCaskey inquired about the board of education’s decision-making process.

“There were about 15 applicants,” board member Gary Ries said. “We narrowed it down to four candidates and we interviewed those four. A lot of applicants were from far away. We interviewed who we thought were the best candidates.”

Superintendent Kyle Griffith explained that the board was not obligated to give the names of all four candidates.

“So you’ve just made your decision and that’s it,” said Pat McCaskey.

“What’s the hurry in naming a coach?” asked Phil McCaskey. ”Maybe someone will apply for a teaching position who would make a good coach.”

“Ultimately that is what we would have liked,” Griffith answered. “But none of the candidates we had were a good fit with our teaching openings.”

“Dan Hoffman was replaced previously,” said Phil McCaskey. “Why would he be a coaching candidate?”

“Historically we have had a tough time keeping coaches around,” said Griffith. “There are still six or seven on our staff right now that are head coach material who will not take a head coaching job.”

“Parents have been so tough on coaches that some of our toughest head coaches will not return to head coaching positions.”

Griffith added that Coach Hoffman was given a list of expectations for the football program by the board of education.

“We hope to see the football program grow from the Junior Dawgs right on up through the varsity team,” Griffith said.

BOND—Griffith said the “Vote Yes” committee is doing a great job at getting the word out about the bond proposal that voters will face in May.

“We have some great community members behind the ‘Vote Yes’ committee,” he said. “That’s a big plus when business owners back the school.”

PERSONNEL—Kim Mohr was hired as assistant high school track coach for the 2007-08 season.

Heidi Drake was granted third year probation, effective during the 2008-09 school year.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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