Morenci school board 04.07.10

Written by David Green.

Morenci Board of Education members accepted three retirements last week along with one resignation.

The board met Thursday and accepted the retirement of third grade teachers Norma Marks, Lori Garrow and Gena Miklos, effective at the end of the current school year.

The three took advantage of an early retirement incentive package that was offered by the board if at least three teachers signed on.

The board also accepted the resignation of elementary art teacher/developmental kindergarten teacher Heidi Drake.

The board granted tenure to music teacher Jamie DeVoe, effective with the next school year. Third-year probation was granted to elementary music teacher Keith Filipek and classroom teacher Paula Grieder, and second-year probation was granted to middle school mathematics teacher Ashley Garrow.

The board approved expenditures of $1.5 million for the past month, but finance director Erica Metcalf explained that $763,000 was in escrow for the middle school account and was not a direct outflow of cash.

In addition, she said, there were two MESSA (staff insurance) payments made last month.

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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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