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. 

  • Front.fireworks
    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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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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