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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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