2008.04.30 Jeffrey Nofziger

Written by David Green.

I am a student at Morenci High School. I have learned enough about our national economy in class to know that it’s not good and financial times are hard. The bond proposal being considered for our schools, however, will not raise your taxes. Your taxes will remain the same as last year and continue at this rate for the next five years.

Passing this bond means many needed repairs will be made at the elementary school such as replacing asbestos floors, updating the bathroom facilities, repairing the roof and paving the parking lot. In the high school the exterior doors will be replaced/repaired, showers will be replaced, the wrestling/alternative education room will be completed (wrestlers currently practice in the cafeteria and the alternative education class is currently housed in the drama room—a room painted entirely black) and the gym will be updated with new bleachers and a refinished floor.

Because of the current poor condition of the track, there will be only one home track meet this year. However, with the passing of this bond, the track will be repaired.

The internet server is outdated and often inoperable, and the wireless connection often doesn’t work. Your “yes” vote means teachers’ grading software will be fully operational and the technology will be updated system wide.

These changes will increase student safety and student achievement. Protect the investment of our buildings, and increase pride in our school system for community students and teachers.

Please vote “yes” on Tuesday, May 6.

– Jeffery Nofziger

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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