Morenci school board hires four teachers 8.6

Written by David Green.

Four teachers were hired Monday night by the Morenci Board of Education to fill in the ranks from retirements last June.

Keith Filipek will serve as elementary school music teacher, taking the place of KC Carter. At the high school, Jason Austgen will teach mathematics and science classes, replacing Kim Mohr who is working primarily in the middle school for the next school year.

With the retirement of Char-Lene Wilkins and Amy Philp, Brandi Boswell was hired as a full-time English teacher and Barb Bernath will take a part-time role in the English department.

The coaching staff is nearly complete for the fall sports season.

Chris Mansfield was hired as the varsity assistant football coach to work with head coach Dan Hoffman. Ryan Love was approved as a volunteer varsity assistant.

Mike McDowell returns to lead the junior varsity football squad, assisted by Matt Bostick.

Shane Sarnac and Travis Kruse are back to lead the eighth grade football program. Fred Love will lead the seventh grade squad along with Nate Parker.

Dennis Owens will move up from junior varsity to varsity volleyball coach. His daughter, Kindra Baron, will serve as junior varsity coach.

Shana Love will coach the eighth grade volleyball team. A seventh grade coach is the only open slot for the fall season.

ATHLETES—Board members approved an addition to the athletic handbook:

“Participation in high school athletics is a privilege. The conduct of athletes both inside and outside of school reflects on the athletes’ team, the athletic program and the school district. Undesirable conduct or involvement with the law on or off school grounds, in season or out of season, could result in consequences being administered by the Athletic Council. These consequences could range from no action to dismissal from athletics.”

The Athletic Council consists of the athletic director, the building principal, three coaches from other sports (including at least one female), one faculty member, the building guidance counselor and the athlete’s current coach (as a non-voting member.

FUEL—Board members approved a bid of $4.085 for premium diesel fuel from Tri-County Fuels. The lowest bid of $4.045 was submitted by Wacker Oil and Propane.

Morenci Deli was chosen for regular gasoline. It will be purchased at the prevailing rate.

MILK—Smith Dairy submitted bids that were three to five cents cheaper than Arps Dairy, but the board went with Arps again this year because the company donates to school functions, which makes its bid more attractive overall.

Prices are 24.9 cents for half-pint 2% white milk; 26 cents for half-pint chocolate milk; 23.5 cents for half-pint skim milk; and 26 cents for half-pint strawberry milk.

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