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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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