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.

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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