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.