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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    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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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.

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