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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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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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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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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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.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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