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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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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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    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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