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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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