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The internet server is outdated and often inoperable, and the wireless connection often doesn’t work.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

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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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    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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    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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