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.

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • 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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    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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