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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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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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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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    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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