Morenci board of education 2010.12.08

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Board of Education will soon explore some energy saving projects that are expected to pay for themselves.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Osborne told board members about a preliminary energy audit performed by the  Ameresco company.

Costs for updates would be funded by interest-free, non-voted bonds, Osborne said, and resulting savings would pay for the work. The updates should produce substantial long-term savings, he told board members Monday night.

He urged the board to form a committee to look closer at what Ameresco offered and also to seek other companies offering similar services.

“I’m not saying they’re the wrong company,” Osborne said. “I just want to make sure they’re the right company.”

Ivy Hutchison and Phil McCaskey will join board president Scott Merillat to look more closely at the issue.

LIBRARY—The board approved a partnership proclamation with Stair Public Library.

“I think it will benefit both of us,” said library board president Sally Kruger.

The library offers several programs for young students that will help the district meet state goals. For the library, the school affiliation should be a benefit when applying for grants.

PERSONNEL—Kay (Dickerson) Holubik was hired as the new executive assistant at the board office, replacing Melony VanBrandt who retired over the summer.

Rosine Downing was hired as a part-time paraprofessional for the Title I program. She coordinates the HOSTS reading tutor program.

Josh Erskin was hired as a volunteer seventh grade boys basketball coach, with board member Phil McCaskey casting a “no” vote.

TRANSPORTATION—The board voted to authorize Osborne to continue pursuing transportation cooperative agreements with other districts. Past discussions have included sharing a mechanic or a transportation coordinator. Osborne expects discussions to continue next year.

GREAT START—The board approved an annual resolution to name the Joy of Learning program at Little People’s Place as the Young Fours program coordinated through Great Start.

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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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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