Morenci school bond meeting set 3.26

Written by David Green.

Have some questions about the Morenci school bond proposal?

Bring them to the informational meeting planned at 7 p.m. Thursday in the middle school library.

The “Vote Yes” bond committee and superintendent of schools Kyle Griffith will attend the meeting to answer questions about the proposal that will appear on the May 6 school election ballot. Committee members are Adam Johnson, Penny Baumgartner, Joe Farquhar and Carrie Dillon.

If taxpayers approve the request, the existing middle school millage rate will hold steady at 7.0 mills for the next five years. If the issue fails, the millage rate will start to decline due to refinancing of the bond.

By maintaining the current rate, the school board will undertake $1.4 million of maintenance projects at the high school and elementary school. Without that money, the maintenance needs will have to be paid from the general fund. However, those funds are short and the school board has had to approve deficit budgets in recent years due to state financial conditions.

Board president Dwight Mansfield thinks the bond proposal is the least painful way of covering the cost of the work.

If approved, the bond would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $20 in the first year and an average of $40 a year over the five-year period.

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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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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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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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