Morenci Area Schools might not be gaining much from the State of Michigan with the paltry level of funding scheduled for the next year. However, the district received a big boost last week when Superintendent of Schools Mike McAran agreed to stay on board for another five years.
Morenci’s board of education has wrestled with cash shortfalls for several years and made many attempts to cut spending. One of those plans—sharing a superintendent with another district—didn’t work out as desired. That’s no fault of the board’s; you never know until you give it a try.
The board’s next attempt to trim costs came in 2013 when a retired superintendent from Tecumseh was hired. That was Mike McAran and this time the board hit a home run—maybe a grand slam.
McAran isn’t the first visitor to fall in love with Morenci, but he has become very fond of the community and a staunch supporter of the school district. He quickly showed that he knows how to get things accomplished—from the physical aspects of the school to administrative needs to academic growth.
He told the board that his position can last only so long. Eventually a good superintendent gains too many enemies and needs to move on. His decisive actions have probably angered some in his time here already and more will follow.
We’re pleased to have him here and we’re delighted he’s chosen to give the district a few more years.