Morenci school enrollment declines by only three 10.3

Written by David Green.

The situation is nothing like a year ago when Morenci school enrollment ended up 19 students below the projected level.

That left the district minus about $135,000 in state aid.

This year, the preliminary student count came in three students below projections, but that figure is still subject to change.

School districts have 10 days after the official count day (Sept. 26 this year) to record additions or subtractions. In some years, a healthy student count day transforms into losses as children leave for another district; other years the number goes up.

The fall count last year dropped by 19 students from the previous year to 893, but that only worsened when the final spring count declined to 875. That’s the number administrators chose to go with to make spending projections for the current school year.

If the decline of three students holds, Morenci will lose about $23,000 in state funding.

The average number of students in each grade, kindergarten through 12, stands at 65 students, down from 66 a year ago.

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    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
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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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