Morenci school bond 2013.07.10

Morenci Board of Education members accepted the resignation of two teachers July 1 and hired a coach.

Board members accepted the resignation of high school science and mathematics teacher Kerry Nieman who accepted a job in the Adrian school district.

They also accepted the resignation of Spanish teacher Michelle Hoard who split her time between Morenci and Hudson.

The board voted to hire Ryan Love as the junior varsity football head coach.

A bid from K and B Asphalt was accepted for crack sealing the high school parking lot. The work will cost $1,787 and is to be completed by Aug.1.

FLOOR–Efforts to contact the company that installed carpeting in the weight training facility remain unsuccessful. The carpeting is coming apart at the seams.

"I don't think the product failed," board member Phil McCaskey said. “I don't think it was installed correctly. It's obvious that the work didn't match the specs in the bid."

McCaskey suggested that the problem should be recorded on video before wrestling mats are placed on top of the carpet. Efforts to negotiate with the company continue.

The current wrestling practice area will be moved to the front of the building, now used for weight training, and the training equipment will be moved to the larger area at the back of the facility. The move has been delayed by the carpeting issue.

HIRING—At the June 26 budget hearing, audience member Barb Wright spoke of the urgent need to hire new teachers. She made reference to the third grade interview process that was halted last month before interviews were completed.

Audience member Gail Johnson also spoke about the halt to the third grade teacher interviews, stating that she doesn’t believe that it’s the school board’s role to intervene. Board member Cyndee Sanders said she had no part in that decision and member Laura Spencer added that she was not notified about the decision.

“Aren’t you supposed to be a board as a whole?” Johnson asked.

Board president Scott Merillat said he would not respond to the comments at a budget hearing, adding that the meeting was not a regular board meeting.