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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Phil Stark hired as Morenci's assistant principal, AD

Written by David Green.

stark.philBy DAVID GREEN

Morenci has a new assistant secondary principal in place with the hiring of Phil Stark.

The board of education met for a special session Thursday night to hire an interim assistant principal/athletic director following the resignation of Taz Wallace last month.

A committee made up of two administrators, a teacher and a representative from the athletic department interviewed five of the 12 applicants for the job and recommended two finalists, Stark and former Morenci principal Kay Johnson.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne and Campbell conducted a second interview and chose Stark for the position. The board voted unanimously to accept the administrators’ recommendation, with Carrie Dillon absent.

Stark will serve through the remainder of the school year, and during that time someone will be chosen to fill the position permanently. 

There were some excellent candidates, Osborne said, and he said that he was proud of the quality of some local people who applied for the position.

“During the interview process, it became very apparent that Mr. Stark and I do share similar philosophy on discipline and educational culture and climate in the schools,” Campbell said. “I think we’re going to work really well together. I’m excited.”

Stark is a graduate of Onsted High School. He attended Hope College for a year, where he played football, but eventually earned a degree in physical education, with a coaching emphasis, from Western Michigan University. His minor was in health.

Due to the shortage of teaching jobs in Michigan, Stark and his wife, Jessica, moved to South Carolina where Stark taught physical education and health for two years.

After returning to Michigan, the couple bought Little People’s Place child care center in Morenci and Stark has worked as a substitute teacher in the county. He also served as Morenci’s wrestling coach for the past season.

Stark’s first day on the job was Monday. His office is located in the high school principal’s office rather than in the former athletic director’s office.

Osborne said the district will advertise for the permanent position within the next few weeks. He expects that some people who might have been interested in the position didn’t apply for the interim post because they couldn’t take a temporary job.

Osborne said that Stark might have the potential to serve in the long-term role and the administration will have the opportunity to observe his work in the next few weeks.

Osborne expects to soon begin the search for a new head varsity football coach to fill another vacancy left by Wallace’s departure.

DRIVER—Transportation supervisor Devon Vernier recommended that the board hire Lynn Ann Farley to replace a driver who resigned last month. Farley has served as a substitute driver with the district.

The board voted unanimously to hire Farley.

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