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.

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    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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