Morenci school board 2012.09.19

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Board of Education received an audit report last week that was both positive and negative. There’s no problem with accounting procedures, but the numbers don’t look good.

Steve Piesko of the accounting firm Maner Costerisan told the board that business office procedures received a clean, unqualified report, but the approaching deficit situation must be addressed.

The budget for the current school year shows a deficit of $363,000 and a fund balance of only $256,000 to cover the shortfall.

When adapting a negative budget, the district must contact state offices to explain a strategy for getting out of the red.

Two accounting firms were hired in May, one to review the district’s business office and another for the annual audit. The decision was made in an effort to restore confidence in the business office after some school staff members had questioned the accuracy of information and reported past errors.

JOBS—Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne told the board about a meeting he recently attended with several regional businesses that will be expanding operations. The business owners want qualified employees to fill future job openings.

Osborne said he was told that requirements are not focussed on academic skills as much as work ethic and teamwork abilities.

APPLAUSE–Secondary principal Kelli Campbell reminded board members of the  “Bulldog Applause” program designed to recognize students and staff for “positive acts.” Nomination forms are available at the school and on the school website.

STEAMER—The board voted to buy two smaller steamers for the kitchen to replace a larger one that needs repairs estimated to cost at least $5,000. The new units cost about $7,000 each.

SUPPLIES—The board approved bids from Lightning Quick for gasoline, from Tri-County Fuels for diesel fuel, from Aunt Millie’s for bread products and from Arps for dairy products.

COACHES—Megan Petticrew was hired as middle school cheer coach and Joe Farquhar as seventh grade boys basketball coach.

INSURANCE—Board members approved sending a letter of interest to explore a county-wide purchase of insurance.

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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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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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