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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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