Morenci school board 09.15.2010

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Board of Education hired additional staff members Monday night to fill posts for the 2010-11 school year.

High school teacher Brandi Boswell was recalled from layoff to lead the alternative education program. Leeann Rodgers and Amanda Rupp were hired as Title I paraprofessionals at the elementary school.

A new part-time Spanish teacher was scheduled to begin work today (Wednesday).

As reported last week, James Vinston III is now a paid varsity football assistant and Michael Johnson is a volunteer with the varsity. Phil Lawrence was approved Monday as a volunteer assistant football coach.

The board approved Kay Johnson as a middle school volleyball coach.

THANKS—A letter was read from retired custodian Jim Petry expressing his appreciation to the board for responding  to building needs at the middle school. He concluded his final summer at the school, with the Linda Shadbolt, Howard Tew and Salena Martinez, who helped him leave the school in good condition.

CHANGES—School board president Scott Merillat thanked school administrators and board members for their time commitment in recent weeks. It was a long summer with lots of meetings, he said, due to staff changes.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Osborne stated that he observed a  remarkably smooth start to the school year despite all the changes in staff assignments.

He was pleased to see how well staff members interact and work together. Osborne had his first meeting Monday with all administrators and again, he was impressed with how well the group is functioning together.

WRITING—Elementary school teacher Melissa Elliott spoke to the board about the National Writing Project that she was involved with last summer.

She expects the knowledge she gained to improve her teaching abilities and she looks forward to passing information on to other teachers.

VOLLEY—Morenci’s volleyball squads will take part in a Volley for the Cure match to raise funds for breast cancer research. The event is scheduled Oct. 7 when Britton-Deerfield visits.

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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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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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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    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.

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