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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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