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.