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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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