By DAVID GREEN
Morenci Area Schools now has a full administrative staff in place to start the 2013-14 school year. Teacher interviews continue this week and next.
Interim superintendent Michael McAran introduced new staff members at the board of education meeting Monday. Each candidate received unanimous support from board members.
Lenawee Intermediate School District speech pathologist Karen Semersky was hired to serve as elementary school principal. She has worked with Morenci students for the past two years of her 23-year career.
“She’s always done more than she had to,” McAran said, noting her former work in the Tecumseh district. She helped organize Morenci’s current literacy program in addition to her speech pathology duties.
“I love the way Morenci loves its kids,” she told board members.
Semersky and her husband are Monclova, Ohio, residents and hope to move to Morenci soon.
Veteran Morenci science and mathematics teacher Kim Irish was selected as the new middle school/high school principal. McAran said he remembers her as a hard worker when they both were employed with the Sand Creek district.
Irish has taught for 19 years, with all but three of those in Morenci. She was a candidate for the Morenci high school principal job in 2005.
She will be assisted by Phil Stark who served as assistant principal last year. Stark is starting the second year of a three-year contract, however, he will now be considered a part-time employee. He will work a portion of the day and also serve as a staff representative at middle school sporting events.
Stark’s role as athletic director will be filled by retired Morenci administrator Kay Johnson. Her office is located in the middle school building where she can assist Irish. Stark will work out of the high school.
Board members also hired Amanda (Oard) Teel to serve as a full-time Spanish teacher. Teel is a 2001 Morenci graduate and has worked with the North Adams district.
A special board meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 to approve additional teachers.