2011.03.23 Sally Kruger: Education funding

Written by David Green.

The education of our children should be viewed by all as a moral obligation.  Keeping our children intellectually prepared to compete with the rest of the world is one way our country will sustain itself. We are all aware of the challenges faced by state government, but short term solutions like those recently proposed will not correct the problem when it is suggested that money be funneled from education into the pockets of corporations.

Something just doesn’t seem right about Governor Snyder’s emergency financial management plan. He is threatening to take away a community’s control over the education of their children.

I have worked for Morenci Area Schools for 33 years and as a member of the community myself, I have watched as school board members have been elected and diligently scrimped and saved to keep the school district in the black.  The cuts Governor Snyder has proposed for education will push Morenci over the edge into financial chaos and turn our children’s lives over to some “manager” without a vested interest in their futures.

This is wrong and I urge you to stand up for education and the people who truly make the system work—Teachers, Support Staff, Administration and School Board Members who give their time and efforts for our students.  All these players recognize the difficult times we face, and if allowed to, they will work together through negotiations and budget cutting to make education work.

The hand of government is needed as a prop to support the efforts of communities, not as the crushing blow that will devastate one of the core elements of a community’s identity.  Please let your representatives know that your community wants the state to SUPPORT education not CUT it.

– Sally Kruger

232 Gorham St., Morenci

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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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