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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Kelli Campbell hired as new principal 05.11.2011

Written by David Green.

campbell.kelliBy DAVID GREEN

Morenci should have a new middle school/high school principal lined up for the next school year following a special board of education meeting tonight.

Morenci’s administrators decided last week to offer the job to Jonesville mathematics teacher Kelli Campbell. She notified Morenci superintendent Dr. Mike Osborne over the weekend that she’s ready to take on the job.

Board members will vote tonight on whether to accept the recommendation to hire Campbell.

Campbell topped an initial field of 18 applicants and the subsequent eight candidates who were interviewed by a committee of teachers, staff members and administrators.

Three finalists—Morenci mathematics teacher Brad Brown, Pittsford industrial arts and social studies teacher John Hoeft and Campbell—were called back for second interviews.

Osborne said the district was in a very fortunate situation with the quality of the three finalists. He believes any of the three could do a quality job. It was just a matter of deciding which one was the very best.

“We think we’re putting the right person in place,” Osborne said.

He described the Jonesville native as an extremely genuine person who is knowledgable about school leadership. He said she had all the right reasons for stating why she wants to take on the job.

Campbell told him that she and her husband look forward to relocating in Morenci. The couple has three children.

Campbell is in her fifth year of teaching at Jonesville and is just completing work on a masters degree in educational administration.

While a teacher, she served on the district improvement team and the Title II fund distribution team. She also has coaching experience and serves as the yearbook advisor. She won the Outstanding Student Teacher award in her undergraduate work at Siena Heights University.

Osborne said that July 1 is the typical time for a new administrator to begin working, but he hopes Campbell will be able to get an early start to take on the difficult school year the district faces.

RETIREMENT—Veteran bus driver Pat Houtekkier submitted a letter of resignation effective May 2 and the board is expected to take action on her letter in the meeting tonight.

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