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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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