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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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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