Morenci school board 2012.07.11

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci Board of Education members recalled most of the teachers who were given pinks slips in April and they also hired several coaches for the fall and winter seasons.

At the elementary school, Kelly Bush, Keith Filipek, Paula Grieder and Chris Mansfield were recalled from layoff. High school teachers Heather Walker and Matt Bostick are also returning, but Deb Hertler was not recalled.

“With the information we have at this point,” said school superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne, “we believe we’re going to need at least this number of people.”

Enrollment will be the deciding factor, he said, but staffing decisions must be made before student numbers are known.

“We have to make the best guess we can and move forward,” he said.

Osborne told the board that interviews are underway for a band director and Spanish teacher.

Morenci teacher Jim Bauer will return to the varsity coaching position for boys basketball. He resigned from that job in 2007, but has coached at the middle school level where he serves as a teacher.

Three people applied for the position.

Bauer’s suggestions for the supporting coaches at lower grades will be considered by the board at the August meeting.

Other coaches unanimously approved by the board were varsity assistant football coaches Matt Bostick and Dan Hoffman; head junior varsity football coach Tim Roberts; eighth grade football coach Levi Hoffman; seventh grade football coach Chris Mansfield; and seventh/eighth grade football coach Travis Kruse.

In addition, Jacob Bovee was approved as a volunteer assistant to help with the varsity and junior varsity programs.

In another athletic issue, the board voted to approve a two-year cooperative program with Waldron for varsity boys golf. The agreement will be evaluated after two years.

State athletic association rules require that each school in Morenci’s conference approve the program before it can be implemented.

Any participating Waldron students would compete as Morenci players in the Tri-County Conference. Therefore, Morenci will pay the coach and for greens fees and shirts.

Morenci had only two golfers in the past season and Waldron might add three or four more.

In the committee meeting before the regular board meeting, board member Phil McCaskey said that Morenci could have no golfers but would still pay approximately $4,000 for the cooperative program.

McCaskey said the board should consider whether to continue offering a sport when participation drops to a low level.

LOAN—Board members approved affiliation with a state school revolving loan fund program to cover expected shortfalls. Director of finance Erica Metcalf noted that delinquent tax payments through the city total about $82,000.

MEETING—A committee of teachers was scheduled to meet Tuesday with representatives from the auditing firms hired in May to review the school’s business office and to perform an annual audit.

Sally Kruger, representing the teachers, told the board’s finance committee that they were promised a meeting and they had questions to ask the auditors.

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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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