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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Taz Wallace to serve as Morenci football coach 01.05.2011

Written by David Green.

taz.wallace.jpgMorenci has a new head football coach in place for 2011 season and he’ll turn his attention to lining up support staff.

Morenci’s board of education met in a special session Wednesday to hire the district’s athletic director, Taz Wallace, as head coach. Wallace’s role as AD presented a challenge.

Normally, the AD would be part of the hiring process, said Morenci superintendent Michael Osborne, but not when he was also an applicant. As soon as Wallace applied for the job, he was completely out of the hiring process.

“The first thing the board did was to make a decision on Taz,” he said. “If we said ‘no’ to him, then we would want to have him in on the process.”

Contact was made with some other districts that have athletic directors who also coach to see how they handle the situation. Concerns were expressed about evaluating the coach and also about the perception of fairness that the AD would show toward the district’s other sports.

Those discussions led the board to choose Wallace who is seen as a well-qualified person already on the school staff.

In discussing Wallace, Osborne said a concern was raised about his limited coaching experience—three years as an assistant with the Adrian High School team—but he was highly recommended by Adrian’s staff who wishes it had a way to work him into their own coaching staff.

“I think he’s talented enough that other schools would like to use him,” Osborne said, referring to Wallace’s coaching abilities as well as his other skills. He also serves as a behavioral specialist in Morenci.

“He’s already in the district, he has connections with the students, he cares about kids and his heart is in the right place,” Osborne said. “I spoke with the board members and they’re all confident in the decision made.”

The bottom line for him, Osborne said, is that Wallace is the sort of individual he want to have for his own children’s coach.

Osborne spoke of the need to have some continuity in both the athletic director and coach roles. Wallace shares that concern and said he intends to remain with the job.

Wallace went to high school at Madison and played football with Adrian College where he was a three-time All-American linebacker. Linebacker coaching was his primary duty when he was with Adrian High School’s program.

“I’m excited about it. I hope to get a coaching staff in place in the next few weeks,” Wallace said. “An offensive coordinator will be the first person.”

Wallace said he also spoke with a football coach who serves as athletic director and that conversation gave him the confidence that he could successfully handle both jobs.

Five candidates applied for the job, Osborne said, including two from out of state.

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