Carrie Dillon to lead Morenci school board 7.10

Written by David Green.

For the first time in 13 years, the Morenci Board of Education has a new leader.

Carrie Dillon was elected the group’s new president by a 3-2 vote to replace Dwight Mansfield who has served in the post since 1995.

Ivy Hutchison, Cyndee Sanders and Dillon voted for the new president, while Gary Ries and Mansfield voted for Mansfield.

Trustees Scott Merillat and Jim Place were absent.

Ries was chosen to serve as vice president, Sanders as secretary and Mansfield as treasurer.

The board voted to continue scheduling regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, with three exceptions: April 2, Sept. 8 and Jan. 12.

Standing committee members were chosen to cover three areas:

• curriculum, Ivy Hutchison and Cyndee Sanders;

• building and site, Gary Ries and Dwight Mansfield;

• finance, Gary Ries and Dwight Mansfield;

• personnel, Cyndee Sanders and Scott Merillat.

Dillon will continue as the board’s liaison to the Michigan Association of School Boards. Hutchison will represent the board on the Lenawee County Association of School Boards.

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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.
    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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