Levy vote: Check yes, support Morenci schools 2014.05.01

Written by David Green.

There’s bound to be a few readers out there in their late 50s. How are you feeling? Is everything still operating smoothly? Have you had any serious repairs done to your aging body? Are you looking as good as when you were 30?

Anyone out there younger than age 57 wasn’t alive when Morenci Elementary School was constructed. Like many of you who were alive then, the aging school is in need of some work to keep it going. It still has a lot of years ahead, like you hope you do, yourself. And the same as with you, some preventive maintenance can go along way.

Let’s look at those who are a little younger, you who are in your mid-40s. Do you still have all your hair? Are you still as trim and fit as you were in your mid-20s?

In this case, we’re addressing those of you who are younger than 44 because none of you were alive when Morenci’s high school was built.

That’s four decades of students passing through the doors and crowds filling the bleachers for sporting events and band concerts.

There have been four decades of vast technological changes. When the high school was built, personal computers weren’t even imagined. Of course there was nothing in place for the networks that carry today’s high-speed internet traffic—a feature that’s becoming more and more necessary in education.

There are a lot of maintenance and upgrade needs at Morenci’s school buildings. Even the new middle school could use a little help to keep up with the times.

The district is fortunate that no major physical needs have come along in recent years to rob the general fund, because the general fund doesn’t have the cash to cover the work. 

Even the maintenance worked needed can’t come out of the general fund, and without passage of the bond extension next week, the work just won’t get done.

The board of education’s request is about as painless as can be in that it won’t cost taxpayers any more than it does currently. A “yes” vote will only continue what’s already being charged.

The money is very much needed to keep Morenci schools in good condition and operating smoothly. We urge all district residents to accept the board’s plea and support the bond extension.

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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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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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