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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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