Morenci board of education 2012.01.18

Written by David Green.

Contracts were extended with two firms doing business with Morenci Area Schools.

Board members voted Jan. 9 to renew contracts with Road Runr maintenance for custodial services through June 30, 2013, and also with T&R Total Lawn Care for lawn care services through June 30, 2013.

The board voted to accept a bid from Triple K/Cedric Kutzley for replacement of the board office roof, pending verification of insurance. The estimated cost is $4,275.

RETIREMENTS—The board accepted the retirements of food service personnel Mary McDowell and Ruth Ann Mansfield. McDowell’s position will be filled with a new employee and Mansfield will continue working through the school year. The board will later discuss her replacement.

AWARD—The district’s bus fleet was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Michigan State Police, noting a 100 percent pass rate for bus inspections.

Inspectors are very fussy, said school superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne, and complete compliance is quite an honor.

TERMS—The board will continue discussing whether to continue with four-year school board terms or switch to the only option allowed by the state—six-year terms.

Osborne said many districts are choosing the six-year format, however, that could discourage some people from seeking office, he said, because they don’t favor such a long term.

If Morenci stays with four-year terms, four of seven seats will expire at the same election.

COACHING—The board approved three volunteer coaching positions: Mary Bell, bowling; Darren Lemmon, boys basketball; and Joshua Denney, wrestling.

Joey Dubina was hired as an assistant baseball coach. 

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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