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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    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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    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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