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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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    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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    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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