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The internet server is outdated and often inoperable, and the wireless connection often doesn’t work.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.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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