Morenci school board 06.09.2010

Written by David Green.

Much remains in a state of flux before Morenci’s schools open for the 2010-11 year. Board of education members met in a closed session Monday to discuss several proposed cost-saving measures.

Board president Scott Merillat announced before closing the meeting that the board would discuss a proposed retirement policy, an athletic director proposal, the middle school principal position and the school’s transportation system.

A special meeting was scheduled Tuesday night to discuss the retirement proposal in a public session and Superintendent Michael Osborne is expected to discuss the transportation issue at a special meeting June 22.

Finance director Erica Metcalf explained that several area districts participate in a collaboration of transportation services and Morenci’s board will examine the system and decide of they want to be involved.

COACHES—For the second month, board members tabled action on hiring all coaches below the head varsity coaches. Last month the hiring was tabled while approval was sought from head coaches for the positions serving under them.

Merillat said the issue was tabled again because proper documentation was not yet received from the head coaches.

GYM FLOOR—Buckeye Athletic Surfaces was hired to refinish the high school gymnasium floor at a cost of $3,127. The scheduled refinishing will follow completion of other work on the floor that’s covered by a warranty and will come at no cost to the district.

RESIGNATION—The resignation of elementary school paraprofessional Sandra Hilton was approved by the board.


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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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