Morenci school board 06.30.2010

Written by David Green.

Three familiar faces at Morenci schools won’t be seen this fall due to retirements. All three chose to accept an early-retirement incentive coordinated by the state.

High school secretary Rosine Downing will end a 28-year career with the district as of Sept. 1. At the board office, administrative assistant Melony VanBrandt will leave her position July 1 after 26 and a half years.

Middle school custodian Jim Petry will wrap up a 30-year career on Aug. 31.

All three employees have offered to help train their successors in an effort to make a smooth transition.

The incentive is making retirement easy, said board president Scott Merillat, but it isn’t necessarily the best thing for the district due to the loss of valuable employees.

After tabling the issue for two months, the board approved a slate of assistant coaches for the 2010-11 school year.

The voting was delayed until head varsity coaches gave written approval of the other coaches within their sport.

Coaches hired were:

Lance Thompson, assistant varsity football; Jacob Bovee, volunteer assistant varsity football; Ryan Love, JV football; Matt Bostick, assistant JV football; Dan Hoffman, eighth grade football; Fred Love, eighth grade football; Nate Parker, seventh grade football; Travis Kruse, seventh grade football;

Emilie Beach, JV girls basketball; Jim Yatzek, eighth grade girls basketball; Ryan Love, seventh grade girls basketball; Emilie Beach, eighth grade girls volleyball; Ashley Joughin, seventh grade girls volleyball;

Mark Lamley, volunteer assistant boys varsity basketball; John Craig, JV boys basketball; Jim Bauer, eighth grade boys basketball; Joe Farquhar, seventh grade boys basketball; Nancy Shamplo, seventh and eighth grade competitive cheer; Kyle McClain, seventh and eighth grade wrestling.

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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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    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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