Agriculture education classes are headed back to the Morenci school curriculum and administrators are looking forward to reëstablishing a local FFA chapter.
Since the agriculture program was halted in 1984, Morenci students have taken classes at the Lenawee Vo-Tech Center where a county-wide FFA chapter exists.
School superintendent Kyle Griffith said he and high school principal Nate Parker began investigating the return of ag classes after hearing interest expressed from some district residents.
Morenci is surrounded by school districts with ag programs, Griffith said, including Waldron, Sand Creek, Evergreen and Fayette. Fayette brought its FFA program back in the last school year.
“I’m excited to add it back to our program and it makes sense because of job trends that are heading in that area,” Griffith said.
FFA is available at the county level, he said, but interest grows when a school establishes its own program. FFA offers many leadership opportunities and also allows a district to make a name for itself through the many competitions offered.