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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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    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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