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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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    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.

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