Morenci school board 2012.02.22

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci middle school and high school will be served by a single office next year rather than spreading services between two locations.

The main office will be located in the larger middle school office beginning in the 2012-13 school year. 

The athletic director and councilor Diana Fallot will continue to have offices in the high school and principal Kelli Campbell will still spend time in both buildings.

The middle school and high school will remain separate, said superintendent Michael Osborne, with limited student interaction between the two.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks spoke with administrators about security concerns and it was decided to limit access only through the middle school office once the school day is underway.

MEAP—Campbell told board members at the Feb. 15 meeting that the state has changed the cutoff score for proficiency on the MEAP test. When scores are released soon, she said it’s likely there will be a change in proficiency results compared to previous years.

However, a website at mischooldata.com will provide all MEAP data from the previous four years and apply what’s known as the new MEAP Cut Score. This will give a more accurate presentation of where the district stands.

ADVISORY—Campbell is planning a student advisory seminar in which up to 25 students will meet with her to discuss concerns and ideas for improvement.

TERMS—In future school board elections, trustees will be elected to six-year terms of office. The state is requiring terms that end in even years. Had four-year terms been chosen, four seats would have expired at the same election.

PERSONNEL—Betty Beaverson was hired as a cook to replace Mary McDowell who retired. Ruth Ann Mansfield was approved for retire/rehire in the food service program, through June 30. The resignation of bus driver Freda Wright was accepted.

Paraprofessionals Amanda Amos and Sherry Dillon were laid off, however, Dillon might be called back if a student returns to the district. Both are excellent employees, Osborne said, but their employment is based on the presence of special needs students.

Paraprofessional Heather Dilworth’s hours were reduced from eight hours to six hours.

PRINCIPALS—Supt. Osborne said that serving as a school principal has always been a difficult job, but the position involves more challenges now than ever.

The district’s past and present principals have served the school well, he said, in honor of Principal Recognition Month.

SCHOLARSHIPS—Osborne said the scholarship opportunities for Morenci students are amazing for a small town and he praised the Kiwanis Club for its work in sponsoring the Rex Riley-Kiwanis Scholarship.

JAPANESE—Three Morenci fifth grade students will join students from three other districts to study Japanese language and culture with an Adrian College professor. The project is part of the cooperative that Morenci formed with other districts.

ELEMENTARY—Dean of students Mary Fisher said that teachers are working to combine disciplines so that more reading and writing is involved in other classes such as science and social studies.

ADVERTISING—The board passed a resolution, along with several other districts, to cease promotional advertising that attempts to attract students from neighboring districts.

Instead, Osborne said, county districts need to join together to make each district successful so that no one has a reason to open a charter school. He sees more advantages in making the county as a whole more competitive.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has increased the limit on charter schools in the state and intends to remove all limits in the future.

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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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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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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