Morenci school board 2012.02.29

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

The Morenci Board of Education intends to have a new administrative position filled by March 6 when Taz Wallace leaves for a new job with the Madison school district.

Morenci superintendent of schools Michael Osborne knew the athletic director/behavioral specialist was about to accept a new position at Madison, but he was surprised to find out how soon Wallace would be leaving.

Wallace’s last day here March 6 leaves the school board scrambling to fill the position. Osborne wants to have a new person in place to take over the day Wallace leaves. The position is advertised as an assistant principal/athletic director and applicants have until March 2 to apply.

The district needed good leadership in the athletic department, Osborne said, but funding wasn’t available to pay for it. Wallace made a decision that was best for his family, Osborne said.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Taz’s role here,” Osborne said, adding that the district was close to putting together a financial package that might have kept Wallace here.

However, in his new job, Wallace won’t have nights away from home covering athletic events and he won’t have the drive from Adrian to Morenci.

The job posting calls for candidates with a bachelor’s degree, and a teaching certificate is preferred. The interim position will be filled through June 30. The job will be posted again for the next school year, Osborne said, and the interim employee might end up seeking the long-term post.

“We believe there are some good people who might be interested,” he said about the interim slot.

Osborne said the administration continues to work on facing the approaching budget deficit. It’s simple math, he said—either increase revenue or cut expenses.

“A lot has already been done in cuts, so there aren’t a lot of places to go,” he said. “The vast majority of costs comes from salaries and benefits.”

Osborne said he continues to explore cooperative ventures with other districts, such as sharing a foreign language teacher to provide some classroom experience to bolster the Rosetta Stone on-line program.

ROOFING—At a special meeting Feb. 22, board members chose the local firm of K&S Construction for new roofing at the board of education office.

HOMESTEAD—Ballot language was approved for the annual vote in August for renewal of the Non-Homestead Millage that affects the owners of second homes.

RECALL—Sherri Dillon was recalled from layoff to work with a child with special needs.

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