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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