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. 

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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