Morenci coaches hired 2009.09.23

Written by David Green.

Additional coaches and assistants for all three sports seasons were approved for the 2009-10 school year at Morenci’s Board of Education meeting Monday.

Coaches approved were: Roger Pontious, baseball; Andrew Schang, assistant baseball; Anthony Barron, volunteer assistant baseball; Kay Johnson, softball; Renae Schaffner, assistant softball coach;

Brad Brown, varsity track; Kim Mohr, assistant varsity track; Dan Hoffman, middle school track; Travis Kruse, assistant middle school track; Scott Clark, varsity wrestling; Jesse Bach, assistant varsity wrestling; Jessica Taylor, JV and varsity competitive cheer; Robyn Taylor, assistant varsity competitive cheer;

Nancy Shamplo, middle school competitive cheer; Ashley Joughin, seventh grade volleyball; Curtis Parsons, volunteer assistant football; and Jacob Bovee, volunteer assistant football.

Ruth Marlatt, a recent retiree who worked for Morenci schools for 10 years, was presented with an engraved clock.

“A clock just doesn’t say it all,” said Superintendent Kyle Griffith. “We have really appreciated everything Ruth has given to the system over the past 10 years.”

Supt. Griffith offered his thanks to the many people who worked behind the scenes and after hours to complete all the summer remodeling and construction projects on time.

“Morenci is really on top of the game when comparing facilities,” Griffith said. “That bond vote was huge. It is the result of hardworking people who care about our kids.”

The resignation of Lisa Love, full-time bus driver, was approved.

April Shaffer was hired as full-time bus driver and Heather Dilworth was hired as part-time instructional paraprofessional.

In a motion by Phil McCaskey, the approval of the Coach’s Handbook was tabled.

“We were unable to discuss this in our committee due to time constraints,” McCaskey explained.

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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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    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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    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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