Morenci board of education 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

Morenci will be losing a veteran teacher due to retirement following the current school year.

Elementary school teacher Elizabeth Jarrell submitted her resignation to the board of education and it was accepted Monday at the April meeting.

A change in retirement incentives is being discussed at the state level, said Morenci school director of finance Erica Metcalf, which might be of interest to other teachers considering retirement.

MORE CUTS—Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Osborne spoke to the board about the need for additional budget cuts and the need to stay as lean as possible to ensure the school district can remain in operation.

A special board meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. April 24 to discuss an additional cut of $600,000 in spending.

RETIREMENT—Board members also accepted the resignation of food service worker Betty Beaverson effective March 29.

COACHES—Levi Hoffman was hired as an assistant middle school track coach and Mike Taylor was approved as a volunteer golf coach.

NEGOTIATIONS—The board met in a closed session to discuss negotiations and the annual superintendent’s evaluation.

FOOTBALL—The board decided to advertise for a varsity football coach to replace Taz Wallace who left to fill a vacancy at Madison.

The advertisement, which appears in this week’s Observer, calls for a candidate who will run a 12-month program with an emphasis on discipline and classroom accountability.

The deadline for applications is April 27.

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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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    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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    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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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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