Morenci school board 12.5

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area High School met the requirements for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) rating.

Ratings were announced last week by the Michigan Department of Education, in conjunction with federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

The rating isn’t generally celebrated—most schools make the grade—but there is great concern when a district fails to achieve AYP, said Morenci school superintendent Kyle Griffith.

On the other hand, he told school board members Monday, a lot of work goes into making sure the AYP rating is achieved.

In 2006, Michigan began basing its high school assessment on the ACT college aptitude test. Goals are set for success in mathematics and language art—goals that increase each year until 100 percent of those tested earn “proficient” results.

READINESS—Board members accepted a resolution to participate in the Michigan School Readiness Program again this year. The program is administered by Little People’s Place.

Fourteen students are involved and $47,600 in state aid is received.

DRUG DOG—Griffith said he was pleased that nothing was found in a recent search of the school by a drug dog. Searches are conducted in schools throughout the county.

BAND PROGRAM—After an announcement about the high school and middle school band concert scheduled Dec. 12, Griffith praised director James DeVoe.

“It’s just amazing what strides the band has made,” he said.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
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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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    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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