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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Lenawee County school enrollment 2012.02.01

Written by David Green.

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There are still more minuses than plusses in Lenawee County school enrollment numbers, but there’s an improvement over a year ago when only Madison showed a gain.

In the current year, Clinton, Hudson and Sand Creek all showed an increase in student numbers, while the perennial gainer—Madison—fell by two students. 

Madison did show a significant loss in the 2008-09 school year—along with everyone else except Britton—but generally the district keeps going up and up.

But don’t worry about the district’s decline. In this year’s kindergarten class, 186 students were enrolled, only 79 fewer than Tecumseh. Onsted, the third biggest district in the county, registered 108 kindergarten students.

Madison is closing in on Onsted for total enrollment. Onsted dropped by another 86 students this year and Madison stands just 40 students back from becoming number three.

Tecumseh draws closer to the county’s big district, Adrian, and now has only 220 fewer students.

There are a couple of other changes in this year’s enrollment chart.

Hudson gained 41 students and jumped ahead of Sand Creek and Addison. Addison continues to lose students and fell below the 900-mark this year.

Finally, with Britton and Deerfield joining forces, Morenci is now the smallest public school district in Lenawee County.

TCC—Clinton now has the biggest high school in the Tri-County Conference with 405 students. Morenci is the smallest—a little more than half of Clinton—at 217.

Whitmore Lake was on top a year ago followed by Madison. All of Madison’s high school classes are below 100, with the lowest at 79 in the senior class. Clinton will graduate 106 students, while Sand Creek isn’t far behind Madison with its 73 seniors.

Schools of Choice

What would the chart look like if the Schools of Choice option didn’t exist?

Adrian, of course, would still be on top, but it would be more than 900 above Tecumseh.

Blissfield and Madison would change places, with Blissfield falling to 1,164 and Madison plummeting by 487 students to 1,018.

Clinton would lose 162 students and drop below 1,000. Addison would gain 15 kids and once again have more students than Hudson.

Morenci, now suffering a net loss of 30 students through Schools of Choice, would increase by that much while Sand Creek would fall below with a loss of its 284 “guest” students.

Britton and Deerfield, for years the smallest districts in the county, would again become the smallest even with their merger.

Almost half of Madison’s students live outside the district—mostly in Adrian—and it also gives up 157 students to Adrian and 46 to Sand Creek.

Sand Creek is next in line with 36 percent of its student body living outside the district. In addition to the Madison students, Sand Creek has 228 from Adrian, 22 from Hudson and 36 from Morenci.

Britton-Deerfield is also a big gainer with 30 percent non-resident students. Nearly 200 students are from Tecumseh.

Even Morenci, suffering a net loss, has five percent of its students from elsewhere. Morenci has 19 students from inside the county and 19 from outside. It’s biggest loss is 36 students to Sand Creek and 23 to Hudson. Nine Sand Creek students study in Morenci and six from Hudson are here.

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