Morenci school board meets 9.10

Written by David Green.

Several coaches and one new teacher were approved for hire at Morenci’s Board of Education meeting Monday.

Paula Grieder was approved as developmental kindergarten teacher/Title I coordinator for the 2008-09 school year.

Coaching assignments are Brad Brown, cross country; Ken Jeffers, volunteer assistant varsity football; Emilie Yatzek, seventh grade volleyball; Jim Yatzek, varsity girls basketball; Tim Yatzek, junior varsity girls basketball.

The school board also approved the resignation of teacher Jerren Case, effective Aug. 19, 2008.

Audience member Phil McCaskey voiced concern about the darkness of the high school parking lot at night.

“Bulbs are burned out and it’s completely dark and unsafe,” McCaskey said. “As the parent of a 16-year-old daughter who has late night games and practices, I’m concerned for her safety.”

Tim Kruse reported that the bulbs are scheduled for replacement later this week.

Recent retirees Amy Philp, Char-Lene Wilkins, Howard Tew and Carol Shaffer were recognized by the school board and were each presented with a clock.

“These clocks are nice, fitting gifts, but they will never capture or recognize what you’ve done for our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Kyle Griffith to the former employees.

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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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