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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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