Morenci school board 05.04.2011

Written by David Green.

Morenci Board of Education members approved the Lenawee ISD budget resolution, but not without some discussion.

Board member Phil McCaskey noted that not all boards in the county are supporting the budget, and he inquired what acceptance of the document actually meant.

Finance director Erica Metcalf explained that approval of the budget indicates the board agrees with the spending plan and with the services that will be provided by the LISD.

Board president Scott Merillat said that ISDs vary around the state in what they offer to local districts. Lenawee’s is very well funded, he said, and he’s heard comments from other area school boards that the ISD could do more for local school districts.

The ISD provides needed services to local districts, Metcalf said, but many come with a cost. To her recollection, the LISD has always helped Morenci when assistance was needed.

The board voted 5-1 to accept the budget, with McCaskey voting against the motion and Ivy Hutchison absent.

RETIREMENTS—The board accepted the retirements of bus driver Carollyn Keller (30 years of service) and transportation director Devon Vernier.

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