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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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    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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