Morenci board of education 4.08.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s board of education met for a short meeting Thursday to cover a light agenda.

Board members passed a resolution to apply for state aid through the Michigan School Readiness Program. The program addresses the early education needs of four-year-old children and is operated through Little People’s Place child care center.

A maternity leave was granted for middle school teacher Natalie Zuvers.

Board members heard a variety of reports from building administrators. Elementary Dean of Students Mary Fisher reported that more than 80 people attended the school’s movie night last month.

Reading Night involved many people to help create the successful event, ranging from teachers to secretaries to kitchen staff. The program also incorporated the school’s music department.

Middle school principal Kay Johnson said about 25 million words were read in March during a Reading Month project. The school band earned a Div. I grade in sight reading and an overall Div. II at the district music festival.

High school principal Nate Parker praised the efforts of teachers Kym Ries and Heather Walker for their work with the library’s Living Library project.

“The library gets our kids involved in a lot of activities out in the community,” he said.

Superintendent Kyle Griffith noted that the teacher staff is “rock solid” despite the district’s funding challenges.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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