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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    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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    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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