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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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    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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