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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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