Morenci Board of Education 2.4

Written by David Green.

Morenci School District residents have until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, to file a nominating petition to serve on the board of education. As of Tuesday morning, no petitions had been turned in.

Incumbent Scott Merillat said he intends to seek another term, but Jim Place, who agreed to fill a vacant seat until the May election, will not be in the running.

Two board members will be elected May 5 to four-year terms.

Administrative contracts were approved for seven staff members at the regular Feb. 2 meeting.

One-year contract extensions were granted to superintendent Kyle Griffith, high school principal Nate Parker, elementary school dean of students Mary Fisher, director of athletics and athletic facilities Tim Kruse, technology director Hilda Jones, finance director Erica Metcalf and executive secretary Melony VanBrandt.

The board hired the following coaches for spring sports: softball, Kay Johnson; high school track, Brad Brown; track assistant, Kim Mohr; middle school track, Dan Hoffman; middle school track assistant, Travis Kruse; and golf, Jamie DeVoe.

CURRICULUM—The board approved a Michigan Merit Curriculum Resolution to adopt county-wide standards. To earn a diploma in Michigan, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits, consisting of four credits of mathematics, four credits of English or language arts, three credits of science, three credits of social studies, one credit of physical education, one credit of visual/performing/applied arts, and an on-line learning experience.

In the future, two credits of world language will be added.

PRINCIPALS—In recognition of Principal’s Week Feb. 9-13, Supt. Griffith praised his three administrators, stating that they do more than those in other districts.

“Every one of them has a split position,” he said, such as Nate Parker’s role as both principal and teacher.

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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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