Morenci school board 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Board of Education hired eight paraprofessional employees Monday night to bolster the instructional staff.

Five of the employees are classified as student assigned paraprofessionals who are hired to work with a specific special-needs child.

One of the children attends school in another district where services are offered to meet the child’s needs. Because the student is enrolled in Morenci, an aide must be hired by the Morenci board.

The student-assigned aides are Dale Wiser, Amanda Amos, Levi Hoffman, Christina Rohr and Sherri Dillon.

Renate Benjamin was hired to serve as an instructional paraprofessional to aid teachers in the second and fourth grades that have large enrollments. She is also expected to handle some remedial education tasks.

Phil Grime was hired as a Title I independent paraprofessional, replacing Paula Grieder who was brought back from layoff for a teaching position.

Laura Mead-Desmet will serve as the technology paraprofessional and work in the high school computer labs to oversee on-line courses.

In one other personnel matter, board members approved the retirement of Carol Moran who worked with the food service program.

ENROLLMENT—Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne said he is still pleased with the district’s enrollment. On student count day this week, he doesn’t expect to see an increase over last year’s enrollment, but the enrollment will be above the level projected in the budget.

That will put the district in a better financial position than expected when the budget was created.

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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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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