Morenci school board 10.07

Written by David Green.

Influenza inoculations for H1N1 will be given later this month at Morenci Middle School.

Middle school principal Kay Johnson told board of education members Monday that she’s been given a tentative date of Oct. 23 for the Lenawee County Health Department to offer flu shots to students during the afternoon and to adults after school.

The middle school computer lab will be used for middle and high school students. Another site will be set up at the elementary school.

When a final date is scheduled, information will be sent home with children and published in the newspaper.

During a short meeting Monday, board members approved Todd Saylor as a volunteer assistant football coach and approved an updated coach’s handbook.

New wording added a mid-season evaluation for coaches in addition to the post-season evaluation.

Athletic director Tim Kruse explained that he meets with the head coach of each sport to review evaluations made by the coach about other coaches on his or her staff.

MILLAGE—Middle school teacher Sally Kruger asked board members if they were aware that the district is allowed to seek a recreational millage to help pay for school athletics.

Board president Scott Merillat said he would be very hesitant to ask voters for an additional millage when they were recently asked to support a millage for maintenance projects.

Superintendent Kyle Griffith said a key to passage of the maintenance millage is that it asked for no additional funds beyond what was already being paid. He thinks this is a very tough time economically to ask taxpayers for more.

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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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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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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    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.
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    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.

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