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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    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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    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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    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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