Morenci Schools New Admin Team

Morenci Area Schools’ administration team was given a warm welcome at the Back to School Bash, where they were introduced to students and families kicking off the 2022-2023 school year. 

Superintendent Jennifer Ellis has been working within the public school systems in Lenawee County for the past 21 years. Prior to coming to Morenci, she was the Principal at Clinton Elementary School for 4 years. When asked what she is most excited about leading our district she shared, “I am excited to be a part of the Morenci Area Schools team and look forward to working with the staff, students, families and the community to support the district mission. One of the things that attracted me to Morenci was the strong sense of community. Events like the Back to School Bash and Meet the Team Night along with all of the community and staff outreach has only helped to strengthen my perception that Morenci truly is One Team, One Town, One Family.”

Middle and High School Principal Kip O’Leary grew up in Ottawa Lake and later graduated from Tecumseh Public Schools. He spent the majority of his teaching career at Saline Area Schools and then became a building principal at Garden City Schools in 2006. Mr. O’Leary retired in 2019 to work for ESPN and NBC Sports, but returned to public education shortly thereafter. When asked why he chose to come to Morenci he explained, “Being around this community allowed me to see the small town values and the pride Morenci has for its schools and community. This is why I chose and am grateful to be a part of the One Team, One Town, One Family. I am looking forward to an energized and engaging school year!”

Elementary School Principal Kristine Fink lives in Sand Creek and worked for the past 17 years as a teacher and most recently as the Student Success Director at Sand Creek Community Schools. When asked about what she is looking forward to most about her new role at Morenci Mrs. Fink said, “I am thrilled to be serving in this role and becoming a part of the Bulldog community. I look forward to working and building relationships with our students, staff, families and community. I want to thank everyone for being so welcoming and helpful. We are going to have an amazing year!”

You may see the administrators out and about in town. They are eager to get involved and continue to meet community members. For more information about Morenci Area Schools, visit their website at