Morenci school superintendent, principals leaving 2013.05.22

Written by David Green.

Morenci schools will take a fresh start for the next school year with the impending departure of three administrators.

Secondary principal Kelli Campbell announced to her staff last week that she accepted a job as a curriculum specialist for the Berrien County Intermediate School District.

Elementary principal Mary Fisher told her staff Monday that she’s been hired to serve as Clinton’s elementary school principal. Fisher lives in Clinton.

Finally, the Hudson Board of Education voted Monday to end the shared services agreement, with the intent to hire Dr. Michael Osborne as a full-time superintendent. He has served as a shared superintendent with Morenci since April 2010. Morenci and Hudson board members voted in June 2012 to renew Osborne’s contract for three years through the shared services agreement.

All three administrators are expected to continue working in Morenci through the end of June.

Morenci Board of Education president Scott Merillat sees a bright spot amid the changes as the board continues to make cuts in spending for the next school year.

“This does allow us to put a new administrative structure in place,” Merillat said. “We were trying to work around the contracts of current personnel; now we can put in place what will work best for our district.”

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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