School bond: Take the school facilities tour 2013.04.24

Written by David Green.

Morenci voters have been very supportive of bond issues in recent years, and we hope that continues with the vote coming May 7. In a way, this is an easy one because it won’t increase taxes a cent. We realize there are many, many voters who don’t see it that way. They want a tax cut and they will vote against the request.

In between are the district residents who are still wavering, those who aren’t yet convinced the school is in need of their hard-earned wages. We urge those people to attend one of the facilities walk-throughs next week and get a first-hand look at what’s needed.

Reading a list of problems and needs doesn’t always convey the urgency, and taken separately, they might not appear all that important. The problem is that there’s little cash to make repairs. The maintenance crew has stayed on top of roof problems—there aren’t troublesome leaks in the media center or the gymnasium, as in the past—but failure to property address the problems will only make things worse, and more expensive. There are so many needs, both big and small, that add up to a very expensive venture. 

Aside from the middle school, Morenci’s facilities are far from new. They still appear in overall good shape, but they are many decades old and need of good care.

Take tour and see what’s needed. We hope then you will get off the fence and decide to cast a “yes” vote on May 7.

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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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