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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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