Morenci school board 2012.08.08

Written by David Green.


Morenci Board of Education members hired three teachers Monday to complete the teaching staff for the first day of classes Sept. 4.

The retirement of Dennis Quist after the past school year left a vacancy in the mathematics department. Board members filled the void by recalling laid-off teacher Ashley Joughin. She is scheduled to teach only in the middle school for the next trimester.

Alex Garr was hired as the new band teacher and he’s already met with students to make plans for band camp Aug. 13-17.

Spanish teacher Michelle Hoard will be shared with the Hudson school district. Hoard will spend the entire day at one of the two districts and a paraprofessional will assist students when Hoard is out of the district.

Dr. Michael Osborne, who serves as superintendent for both Morenci and Hudson, told board members that he has met with union representatives from both districts to discuss details with the shared teacher.

Substitute food service worker Mary Alcock was hired on a full-time basis to fill a vacancy, as was bus driver Joe Garrow. Garrow has served as a substitute driver for Morenci and other districts. Veteran driver Deb Yatzek was hired to take the daily bus trip to the LISD TECH Center.

COACHES—The board approved Joe Farquhar and Austin Wolf as volunteer varsity assistant boys basketball coaches. Jed Hall was hired as the junior varsity boys coach and John Craig was hired as the eighth grade boys coach.

Coaches are still needed for the wrestling program and seventh grade boys basketball. Athletic director Phil Stark said than in the two weeks that the wrestling coach has been job posted, he has received no responses.

Five applications were received for the girls competitive cheer coaching position.

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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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    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.
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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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