Morenci school board 2012.08.08

Written by David Green.

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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    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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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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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