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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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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